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April 15-18, 2019
New York, NY
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Executive Briefing: The regulatory road ahead—How to navigate the legal trends driving AI in 2019

Anna Gressel (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Jim Pastore (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Anwesa Paul (American Express)
2:40pm3:20pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  AI in the Enterprise, Ethics, Privacy, and Security
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Who is this presentation for?

  • C-level decision makers, general counsels, directors, privacy officers, and anyone else who wants to learn more about key legal trends applicable to AI



What you'll learn

  • Understand how key provisions in the GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act apply to AI and machine learning
  • Gain insights into how the GDPR has been enforced since it took effect on May 25, 2018
  • Explore how current US laws and regulations apply to AI, and what regulatory trends are expected in 2019
  • Learn how plaintiffs and government agencies have been challenging uses of AI in US courts
  • Understand what companies can do today to mitigate legal and regulatory risks


What rights do consumers have under the GDPR and US laws to challenge decisions reached by algorithms? Does GDPR provide a broad “right to an explanation” for AI technologies? And will the US government succeed in arguing that Facebook violated US federal and state antidiscrimination laws through its targeted job and housing advertisements? These are critical questions about how laws and regulations apply to AI; these legal frameworks are in their early stages, and it has never been more important for companies to understand and mitigate the regulatory risks related to AI and machine learning.

Anna Gressel, Jim Pastore, and Anwesa Paul lead a crash course on the emerging legal and regulatory frameworks governing AI, including GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act. They also explore key lawsuits challenging AI in US courts and unpack the implications for companies going forward, helping you evaluate and mitigate legal and regulatory risks and position your AI products for success.

Topics include:

  • How key provisions in the GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act apply to AI and, in particular, to algorithmic decision making and profiling
  • Trends in enforcement actions since the GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018
  • The US laws and regulations that apply to AI and machine learning (in the absence of national US legislation governing AI)
  • The lawsuits that have been brought in the US challenging the use of algorithms or machine learning and the issues that are likely to be litigated going forward
  • Concrete actions companies can take now to mitigate legal and regulatory risks
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Anna Gressel

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Anna Gressel is a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts, and she advises on legal and regulatory issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. She’s the coauthor of publications including “German Report May Be Road Map for Future AI Regulation,” “Storm Clouds or Silver Linings? Assessing the Impact of the U.S. CLOUD Act on Cross-Border Criminal Investigations,” and “Do the Apps Have Ears? Cross-Device Tracking." She sits on the board of directors of Ms. JD, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. She a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

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Jim Pastore

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jim Pastore is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice and Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice focuses on privacy and cybersecurity issues. He’s recognized by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 US (2015–2019) for his cybersecurity work and was included in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List, which recognizes attorneys under 40 with outstanding career accomplishments. Named as a cybersecurity trailblazer by the National Law Journal, he’s twice been named to Cybersecurity Docket’s “Incident Response 30,” a list of the best and brightest data breach–response attorneys. Previously Jim served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he spent most of his time as a prosecutor with the Complex Frauds Unit and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section.

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Anwesa Paul

American Express

Anwesa Paul is chief global privacy counsel at American Express, where she advises all parts of the business with legal questions relating to US and Canadian financial privacy laws, marketing privacy laws, online and mobile privacy self-regulatory guidelines, big data governance, and big data breaches. Previously, Anwesa was in-house counsel at online advertising technology startups Kinetic Social and Epic Media Group and worked in the privacy space at the New York State Attorney General’s Office Internet Bureau, handling consumer protection issues related to online marketing.