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Chair Initiative

MARK BRNOVICH | CWAG Chair | 2017–2018

CWAG Chair, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, announces his 2018 CWAG Chair Initiative, which will focus on data privacy, cyber security, and digital piracy. The 2018 Chair Initiative will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 3 and 4, 2018 at the Phoenician Resort. Details on registration, hotel location and panel discussions will be announced by CWAG in early December. Please mark your calendars and prepare to engage in a dialogue on these important topics. Data Privacy: There is a long-recognized legal American doctrine that individuals have a “privacy interest” in personal information. As technology has advanced over the last few decades, personal information is being collected by third parties at an increasing pace. In addition to the security concerns that arise with this collection of personal information, Attorney General Brnovich will start a broader conversation about appropriate standards and protocols for the collection of personal data. Cyber Security: State attorneys general need to identify ways to ensure that sensitive information is secure. They should take a careful look at state data breach statutes and update them if necessary. It is essential that state attorneys general address cyber security as this is one of the greatest threats to our nation in the 21st century. Digital Piracy: While the methods of pirating copyrighted information have evolved over the last decade, the problem remains within the online marketplace. Digital piracy not only hurts the copyright holder, but also poses a threat to consumers because these distribution websites are used as roadways for delivering vicious malware to computers. This conference will discuss successful prosecution strategies and ways state attorneys general can more effectively identify and target not only the criminals who violate copyright laws, but also those who take advantage of pirating websites to spread malware.