Graduated Berkeley Law (University of California), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review and earned Order of the Coif
As an equity partner in the Washington, DC and Brussels offices of the international law firm now known as WilmerHale, involved in the development of a legal order for e-commerce, data protection, internet governance, and intellectual property protection as the internet and social media evolved
Advises clients, associations and government bodies in North America, Europe, and Asia
Served as an ADR panelist in more than 300 cases involving domain names or new top-level domains in dispute resolution proceedings conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the Forum
Deep expertise in global privacy and cybersecurity issues, notably GDPR, as well as cross-border e-commerce, advertising, human resources, digital identity, and intellectual property licensing issues
Scott has lived abroad, worked in 100+ countries, and speaks or reads seven languages.
W. Scott Blackmer has extensive experience in all matters related to data protection and cybersecurity, in both consumer and human resources contexts, and the range of legal issues that companies face in online and mobile business, especially across borders. Scott’s clients (from Fortune 500 companies to startups and nonprofits) appreciate his pragmatic solutions in transactional and compliance contexts that demand an understanding that bridges law, business, technology, and often cultural differences. Scott has lived, worked and traveled all over the world and is regularly consulted as an expert on legal topics in the digital economy.
He serves on the management team of the Brussels-based First Law International Network, chairing their practice group on Information Technology and Communications, and moderated sessions at their recent conferences in Barcelona and Abu Dhabi. Scott has served as an advisor on privacy, data protection, and digital identity to the Trusted Computing Group, the Sovrin Foundation, the European Commission, the US Social Security Administration, the US Commerce and Treasury Departments, the International Monetary Fund, and a consortium of financial industry associations.
Assisting US-based corporate groups with European subsidiaries or online customers in complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation
Acting as outside legal advisor to the chief privacy officer or equivalent in corporations and nonprofits
Advising the Trusted Computing Group, the industry standards body that develops specifications for “trusted platform modules” that manage encryption in laptops, smartphones, and other devices
Helping launch and advise the Sovrin Foundation, an international nonprofit standards and governance body using blockchain technology to create a public ledger system for secure digital identities
Advising online fraud detection and analytical services on expansion into European and Asian markets
Helping companies self-certify and maintain compliance under the US-EU and US-Switzerland Privacy Shield programs
Representing companies following a major security breach involving sensitive personal data on individuals in the US, Canada, and Europe
Advising online and mobile retailers and service providers concerning cross-border services and marketing campaigns reaching consumers in Canada, Mexico, and Europe
Advising social media and advertising clients on information handling requirements in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region
Counseling multinational employers implementing global HR programs, including employee privacy policies, acceptable use policies for company and personal devices, email monitoring practices, diversity programs, recruiting and benefits policies
Representing clients in investigations by European data protection supervisory authorities, the US Federal Trade Commission, and US state attorneys general
Negotiating and drafting contracts for cloud services, software-as-a-service, web hosting and development, software development or implementation, business process outsourcing, security annexes, data transfer agreements, patent and copyright licensing
Representative Speaking Engagements AND PUBLICATIONS
“Data protection in the private sector: Convergence or localisation of rights and expectations?” chapter in Human Rights, Digital Society and the Law: A Research Companion (ed. M. Susi, Routledge, London 2019).
“Bad Faith after WIPO Overview 3.0,” presentation at the annual WIPO Domain Name Panelists Meeting, Geneva, October 2018.
“GDPR for Cross-Border Business,” presentation at the First Law International Network European Meeting, Rotterdam, June 2018.
“Data Protection and Cybersecurity Best Practices in Global Business,” presentation at the First Law International Network Annual Meeting, Abu Dhabi, April 2018.
“What You Need to Know About the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation,” presentation at the American Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers Labor Relations / Human Resources Annual Conference, New Orleans, April 2018.
“Data (Mis)use Litigation,” “Cybersecurity and the Human Factor,” and “The Changing Global Landscape for Privacy and Data Protection,” presentations at SoCal Cybersecurity and Privacy Retreat, Newport Coast, California, November 2016.
“Cyber Risks and Solutions,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, March 2014.
“BYOD: Are Employees’ Smartphones Safe Enough for Business?” presentation for the Utah Bar Cyberlaw Symposium, September 2013.
International Association of Privacy Professionals
American Bar Association, Information Security Committee
Washington DC, 1983
Maryland, 2001 (inactive)
Formerly French Order of the Brussels Bar
Formerly Law Society of England and Wales
University of California at Berkeley, JD with honors 1981
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, BA with honors 1975
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (1970-73)
Université de Grenoble, France (1972)