Opinion: COVID-19 and Data Privacy: Health vs. Privacy

This article was published on March 26, 2020 on Business Law Today, a publication of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section at https://businesslawtoday.org/2020/03/covid-19-data-privacy-health-vs-privacy/. We received permission for Mr. Claypoole to republish for the ADCG community. The Black Death stole people’s identities. Sweeping through Europe and Asia periodically from the 14th to the 18th century,…

Theodore Claypoole

As a Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ted leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Ted manages information security risk and cross-border data transfer issues, including those involving the European Union and the Data Protection Safe Harbor. He helps businesses monetize their data and build data-centric business models, including building data protections for Internet-connected devices of all types. He also negotiates and prepares business process outsourcing, distribution, branding, software development, hosted application and electronic commerce agreements for all types of companies. Ted currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee in the Business Law Section, and has recently co-authored the books Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights And Protecting Your Family and Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? with Theresa Payton. (Order now on Amazon) Ted serves as a liaison between the ABA Business Law Section and the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security. His practice includes media and advertising issues, especially online, mobile platforms and on social networks. He solves legal problems in payment systems and financial data processing. Advising clients on complex intellectual property development and licensing programs, he builds strategic technology and marketing alliances, including the Internet of Things. His work for current firm clients includes major financial institutions, colleges and universities, manufacturers and distributors, hardware and microchip manufacturers, software companies, hospitals, and health systems, governments and government contractors. Ted prepares and negotiates deals on transaction services, supply chain development, marketing and distribution ventures, and network infrastructure. His experience as a primary technology counsel for Bank of America provides clients with a deep understanding of issues facing financial services.

While practicing at Bank of America (and NationsBank prior to the merger) Ted was charged with protecting the organization’s intellectual property, including legal management of over 1500 trademarks and one of the largest brand transitions in business history. He prepared patent and trade secret programs to change the culture of intellectual property protection in the Bank. At CompuServe, Ted negotiated Internet and supplier contracts with international governments and businesses from China to Argentina to Hungary to South Africa.

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