August 05, 2020

Subcommittee Announcements

Consumer Privacy and Data Analytics

The Consumer Privacy and Data Analytics Subcommittee is pleased to report that its proposal to the present at the annual ABA Business Law Section conference has not only been approved, but it will be featured as a showcase session. The title of the session is “Privacy Twilight Zone: Returning to Work in the Age of Covid-19.” In this session, panelists will share their insights on privacy related issues arising from the reintroduction of the workforce back into the workplace under new screening technologies related to social distancing surveillance and the bulk collection of COVID-19 data. Distinctions between government entity and the private sector requirements will be drawn, followed by legal issues arising from what type of data will be collected, where, how, and most importantly what happens to it in the age of artificial intelligence where even so-called anonymized data could potentially lead to identification of an individual. The expert team of panelists will share their insights on how these issues are being addressed within their respective specialties: government, medium and large multi-national corporations. Finally, the panel will present the results of a Covid-19 work group’s Play Book consisting of participants from Global 1000 companies.

We are delighted to include in our panel Microsoft’s Senior Attorney for Employment Law, Brian Flock, out of Seattle. Mr. Flock will be joined by John Isaza and Seaton Daly III. John Rothchild, of Wayne State University, will be moderating the panel. Mr. Daly currently works out of Seattle and Mr. Isaza out of Boston.

Electronic Payments and Financial Services Subcommittee

The Electronic Payments and Financial Services Subcommittee’s meeting for the virtual annual meeting will focus on Economic Impact Payments: How Treasury Made 160 Million Payments in Two Months. Officials from the Treasury Department who implemented the Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) will discuss how the department distributed $270 billion in stimulus payments earlier this year, how special provisions in the CARES Act made it possible for Treasury to disburse these funds so quickly, and other legal issues associated with the EIPs. Joining us from the Treasury Department will be:

  • Ronda Kent, Chief Disbursing Officer and Assistant Commissioner for Payment Management; 
  • Natalie Diane, Senior Counsel; 
  • and Ellen Neubauer, Senior Counsel.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee

The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee’s Due Diligence Checklist for AI in M&A Transactions project is well underway! The Subcommittee is looking for additional volunteers to help add content to the existing draft checklist in key subject areas. Our end-goal is to produce a short, targeted checklist that will be useful for both experts and non-experts alike. If you are interested in participating in collaborative and interesting discussions (and producing something new) then this is the project for you. Please contact Lisa R. Lifshitz at or Dre Roberts at to get further involved.