Data is the new gold. In the era of COVID-19, companies that have mastered the digital landscape will lead the way to reopening economies across the globe. In Decrypted Unscripted, we examine the privacy landscape, from regulatory developments to litigation trends. Hosted by Perkins Coie partners Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman, we explore strategies for compliance with evolving privacy laws through unscripted conversations with C-suite execs, regulators, and leading privacy and data security professionals. These timely discussions are essential listening for anyone managing data as a pre-tangible asset and preparing vigorous defenses against the next wave of privacy and data security class actions.

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto joins David to tell us what Congress is doing to regulate crypto currency and its inevitable introduction into the mainstream economy. From the hardware store down the street to huge financial institutions, Congressman Soto is doing his best to make sure crypto currency is freely transferrable and that we don’t have the regulatory gaps that now plague data security and privacy. He tells us also about his decision to run for Congress at a young age, being one of the few Hispanic Congressman. This guy is smart, sharp, and articulate and has a vision for the future of the country that embraces—does not fight—new blockchain technology. Please listen. He’s cool.

Listen to "Crypto Currency’s Inevitable Entry into the Mainstream Economy | A Conversation with Congressman Darren Soto of Florida’s 9th District" on Spreaker.

Bill Marczak joins David Biderman on Decrypted Unscripted to discuss why he focuses on nation-state use of big data analysis as well as more targeted surveillance. He tells the story of his work with Bahraini activist Ahmed Mansoor, how he determined he was being targeted by Pegasus spyware, and how that prompted Bill’s subsequent work with Amnesty International. Bill also gives his tips on how to tell if your phone has been hacked and why it’s so difficult to prevent.

Bill is a senior research fellow at Citizen Lab, a co-founder of Bahrain Watch, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses on novel technological threats to internet freedom, including new censorship and surveillance tools, and his expertise is in internet scanning and conducting digital investigations. Coverage of his work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, on CNN, and on “Larry King Live.”

Listen to "Bill Marczak: Fellow at Citizen Lab/Co-Founder of Bahrain Watch | The Global Impact of International Spyware Abuses - Episode 33" on Spreaker.

With the recent attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and JBS Food, ransomware has become a serious national security issue. Join Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman in a discussion with Philip Reiner about the critical importance of establishing basic internet security standards. Phillip believes that our neglect in this area has been inexplicable if not inexcusable, and describes how his Institute for Security and Technology was asked to support the Ransomware Task Force to address the critical need for improving basic cybersecurity standards.

Philip Reiner is the chief executive officer of the Institute for Security and Technology. His decades of experience in technology and international security include a position as President Obama’s Senior Director for South Asia on the National Security Council staff. While serving in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Listen to "Philip Reiner: CEO of The Institute for Security and Technology | Strategies for Establishing Basic Internet Security - Episode 32" on Spreaker

Anja Shortland joins Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman to discuss how the underground ransomware ecosystem functions and why cybersecurity experts have created a scale to define the reliability of information hostage-takers. She outlines some of the simple data protections that companies can follow to comply with President Biden’s executive order and shares how cyber insurance helps or hinders real-life information safety.

Anja is a professor of political economy at King’s College London, specializing in the economics of crime. She studies private governance in the world’s trickiest markets—hostages, fine art, and antiquities—and how people live, trade, and invest in complex and hostile territories. Although her work is often based on data analysis, it cuts across disciplinary boundaries, adopting techniques and insights from sociology, engineering, geography, politics, international relations, and economics.

Listen to "Anja Shortland: Professor of Political Economy at King’s College London | Weighing the Economics of Crime in the Ransomware Context" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique Shelton Leipzig and Los Angeles Police Commission President Eileen Decker in an illuminating perspective on the Commission’s use of automated license plate reader (APLR) technology. This technology was discussed by NYU Professor Barry Friedman, founder of the NYU Policing Project. 

Listen to "Los Angeles Police Commission- Using Technology to Reimagine Policy - Bonus Episode 31 Response to Episode 30" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman in their fascinating conversation with New York University Law School Professor Barry Friedman, as he discusses his work founding the Policing Project. The Policing Project brings together stakeholders, business representatives, police departments, and the community to tackle the technology-driven issues at the intersection of public safety and social justice.

Listen to "NYU Policing Project – Using Technology to Reimagine Policy - Episode 30" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique and David and their guests Howard Wu and Sina Kian of Aleo. Howard and Sina care about privacy and the dangers of blockchain transparency. They describe how they have used Zero Knowledge Proof to change the way transactions on blockchain are verified so that the verification can be done privately—not only protecting the users’ personal data but dramatically extending the design space for applications.

Listen to "Howard Wu & Sina Kian: Privacy and Blockchain - Episode 29" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique and David as they speak with Gillian Tett, Chair of the Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large US of the Financial Times, about her new book, Anthro-Vision which describes vividly how big data cannot solve all problems and in fact creates blinders and biases that can be uncovered with an anthropological lens. 

Listen to "Gillian Tett: Editor of the Financial Times / Anthropology and Digging Behind the Numbers - Episode 28" on Spreaker.

Kurtis Minder is the founder and CEO of GroupSense. Kurtis joins Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman on the Decrypted Unscripted podcast to discuss how GroupSense’s team of cyberspies knows how to find where the bad guys are operating and work with clients to protect their data. He describes in detail how he became the “go-to” ransomware negotiator in the country. He also explains the dark web and how it helps criminals steal information and shares why his team has seen a steady increase in threat actors accessing data remotely over the last 12 months.

Listen to "Kurtis Minder: Ransomware Negotiator and CEO of Group Sense | What To Do When Your Data’s Being Held Ransom - Episode 27" on Spreaker.

In this conversation, Dominique and David talk with cybersecurity expert Vinu Nair who works for one of the world’s largest cyber insurers. Vinu discusses not only the trends for preventing cyberattacks, but also what companies can do today to prevent future damage to their brand and value. The conversation covers the importance of cyber for corporate leaders in the C-suite and the boardroom, as well as recent ransomware attacks on critical targets like Colonial Pipeline, healthcare systems, and food supply. There is also a robust discussion regarding the role governments can/will play in the fight against ransomware and cybercrimes that are threatening societal structures.

Listen to "Ransomware and Cyberattacks: A Conversation With Cyber Expert Vinu Nair - Episode 26" on Spreaker.

CSI meets CCPA and you will love it. Dr. Mason is a world leader in genetic mapping and genomics and professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and Computational Genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College. He talks about the privacy of your personal genetic code and ways that can be protected. As Chris says, without protections “Once your dna code is out there, it is out there” and if you have had some episodes in life you would sooner forget, don’t pass along your DNA for testing. He also talks about the critical role genomics has played in tracking and fighting the COVID virus and the development of the first two COVID vaccines. Listen as Chris talks about genetics for tracking serial killers, mapping the genes in subway systems, and his genetic work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, check out Chris’ supercool new book about modifying our genes so we can survive on other planets, “The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds."

Listen to "Privacy, Genomics, Covid-19 and Vaccines – Episode 25" on Spreaker.

Massachusetts Activist Kade Crockford at the ACLU described to David and Dominique how Kade worked with Boston Celtics players to Urge Social Justice and Anti-Discrimination in that state’s facial recognition law.

Listen to "Facial Recognition or Misidentification - Episode 24" on Spreaker.

Dominique and David speak to Perkins Coie alumni, Jim Sfekas. Jim left Perkins to join Microsoft in 2012 and now leads Microsoft’s cybersecurity legal function. Jim talks about the tensions between protecting the internet, which requires tracking of criminals across the globe, and the goals of privacy to make data uses transparent. Through discussion, the group sees how the two goals of security and privacy can work together.

Listen to "Privacy and Cybersecurity: Working Together to Protect the Internet - Episode 23" on Spreaker.

Join Dave Biderman and Dominique Shelton Leipzig in a discussion with Ron Whitworth, chief privacy officer of Truist, one of the largest financial institutions in the United States. Ron will share about how financial institutions find themselves contending with global privacy laws, though they already are some of the world’s most highly regulated entities.

Listen to "Privacy and Financial Institutions - Episode 22" on Spreaker.

Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman have an inspiring conversation with Jessica Rich, the former head of the Commercial Division of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a current professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Jessica discusses how the United States can regain leadership in the area of data, even as we await a federal privacy law.

Listen to "US Privacy—Where Do We Go From Here? - Episode 21" on Spreaker.

Dominique Shelton Leipzig and David Biderman meet with Google’s Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright, one of the world’s most engaged privacy officers. Their conversation includes a discussion of Google’s public-private partnerships and how the efforts are helping tackle broad societal challenges like COVID-19.

Listen to "How Google is Helping Address COVID-19 Around the World - Episode 20" on Spreaker.

Do you own a company and ever worry about whether our practices are meeting new privacy laws. You are not alone. There are 142 + countries with data protection laws around the globe. U.S. is one of the most litigious countries around the world. Here David and Dominique speak to famed US privacy lawyer Scott Kamber about how privacy litigation has evolved over the past 30 years and what we can learn about the future with so much of our lives dependent on technology.

Listen to "Privacy and Litigation from the Plaintiff’s Perspective - Episode 19" on Spreaker.

Join us for a gripping conversation with Julie Cordua, chief executive officer of Thorn, an anti-human trafficking organization founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Thorn’s mission is to develop technology to defend children from abuse online and to remove all child sexual abuse material from the internet. Thorn's technology has helped identify more than 14,000 child victims of abuse and has reduced investigative time by more than 65%.

Julie will discuss how Thorn’s technology has clashed with European privacy officials, who have objected to the use of facial recognition and other technology utilized by Thorn to identify and rescue victims of child sexual abuse and pornography. Also, see Julie’s TedTalk “How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet.”: https://www.ted.com/speakers/julie_cordua

You can find more about Thorn at https://www.thorn.org/

Listen to "Online Privacy and Eliminating Child Sexual Abuse Materials From the Internet - Episode 18" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique and David in a wide-ranging conversation with Kalinda Raina, vice president, chief privacy officer for LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. Their discussion will include Kalinda’s career path, her current worldwide responsibilities, and the challenge of adhering to the privacy demands of the LinkedIn community and the multiple state and national privacy laws.

Listen to "Privacy and Professional Social Networking - Episode 17" on Spreaker.

Zoe Philippides, former chief privacy officer of Amgen, a Southern California pharmaceutical company focused on developing state-of-the-art treatments and drugs, and now the chief privacy officer of one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, joins Dominique and David as she shares her journey through the privacy world and the critical privacy issues that a cutting-edge company such as Amgen confronts.

Listen to "Protecting Privacy for a Global Leader in Biotech - Episode 16" on Spreaker.

COVID-19 has made it clear that the future of health is technology. From apps and contact tracing to websites announcing virus testing and vaccines, technology is at the core. In this episode, David and Dominique speak with Verily Inc.’s General Counsel Cynthia Patton about her journey to leading the legal department of one of the most technologically savvy life science and healthcare companies in the world. Owned by Alphabet, Inc, (that also owns Google), Verily is at the cross-section of technology and health. Hear what it is like to consider data management in the halthtech space at this seminal moment in time.

Listen to "Technology, Privacy and Healthcare - Episode 15" on Spreaker.

Listen to Dominique and David as they talk with Jim Steyer, the founder of Commonsense Media, a Stanford civil rights professor, and author of "Which Side of History?" about the role of privacy in an increasingly digitized society.

Listen to "Society and Data—On Which Side of History Do We Want to Be? - Episode 14" on Spreaker.

Hear The Social Dilemma star and former corporate data scientist, Cathy O’Neil, speak with Dominique and David about why society needs to look behind the numbers with AI! Check out Cathy’s book, Weapons of Math Destruction, in the show notes!

Listen to "AI and Bias—Methods of Math Destruction, Social Dilemma, and Beyond - Episode 13" on Spreaker.

Dallas Mavericks General Counsel Sekou Lewis speaks with Dave and Dominique about his journey to privacy via professional sports. This candid discussion regarding technology, professional basketball, privacy, cybersecurity, and social justice casts a bird’s-eye view on how the NBA moves through the fourth industrial revolution.

Listen to "Privacy and Professional Basketball - Episode 12" on Spreaker.

Consumers across the globe are raising questions about how their data is used for advertising. Movies like The Social Network have raised questions about the use of consumer behavior as “the product.” Regulators and politicians are discussing a data dividend.

Listen to "Free Internet in Jeopardy? Ad Tech at a Crossroads - Episode 11" on Spreaker.

Hear Dominique and David’s conversation with John Verdi, the head of policy for the Future of Privacy Forum and a consummate Washington, D.C., insider. How does D.C. view developments in California, and what are the prospects for a federal privacy law?

Listen to "The Federal Landscape: An Unguarded Discussion About Privacy From Inside the Beltway - Episode 10" on Spreaker.

Hear Brennan Duckett of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) discuss the top privacy priorities for leading retailers in the United States and share his insights on privacy policy on Capitol Hill.

Listen to "Privacy in the Retail Industry - Episode 9" on Spreaker.

In this episode, the chief representative of the California business community speaks about privacy, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and California’s technology industry.

California is the fifth largest economy in the world, just smaller than Germany and larger than India. It is also the leader in enacting rules to provide privacy protection to California consumers. Join us, as Allan Zaremberg, the president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, describes how the business community navigates these changes and challenges.

Listen to "California Chamber of Commerce Leads The Way for Business and Privacy - Episode 8" on Spreaker.

Listen to David and Dominique in conversation with Dirceu Santa Rosa. As the International Association of Privacy Professional’s country leader for Brazil and partner at a Brazilian law firm, Dirceu is an authority on the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD). In this episode, the attorneys discuss the differences in approach to privacy and elections between the United States and Brazil. And don’t forget to vote on U.S. Election Day, November 3!

Listen to "Around the World in 30 Days: Brazil’s LGPD to California’s CCPA and CPRA - Episode 7" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique and David as they discuss the future of privacy for entertainment companies with Leslie Shanklin, the head of privacy for the global entertainment company, Discovery, Inc. Leslie discusses the interrelationship between privacy, cybersecurity, and entertainment.

Listen to "Entertainment Meets Privacy and Cyber – Episode 6" on Spreaker.

Join Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Perkins Coie Privacy & Security partner, David Biderman, Perkins Coie Class Action Defense partner, and Alastair Mactaggart, board chair and founder of Californians for Consumer Privacy and proponent of the CPRA (also known as CCPA 2.0). The discussion will explore the aim of the CPRA, how it could affect businesses if passed by California voters, and what companies should consider in light of this new development.

Listen to "California Privacy Dreaming: The CCPA and the New Ballot Initiative CPRA (Proposition 24) Break New Ground – Episode 5" on Spreaker.

Hear plaintiff’s attorney, Dan Shefet, explain how his proposal for an ombudsman has been adopted by the EU Council as of September 15, and what it means for companies with global obligations, including the EU.

Listen to "First Amendment Rights and Digital Platforms – September 15 Groundbreaking Development in the EU - Episode 4" on Spreaker.

Listen to Dominique and David have a conversation with David Chamberlin, a renowned crisis communications expert who has handled difficult communications from the public to the C-suite and boardroom. He talks about his path to data security and shares valuable insights regarding crisis communications around massive data breaches and the value of planning in advance.

Listen to "The Collision of Corporate Reputation, Crisis & Cybersecurity - Episode 3" on Spreaker.

Listen to Dominique and David talk to their colleague, Marc Elias, who represents the DNC in nationwide voting rights litigation. Given that data breach/leaks were such a big part of the 2016 election, Dominique and David ask the question: How do things stand today? Marc reveals the ins and outs for protecting the sanctity of your vote in 2020!

Listen to "Privacy and Politics - Episode 2" on Spreaker.

These timely discussions are essential listening for anyone managing data as a pre-tangible asset and preparing vigorous defenses against the next wave of privacy and data security class actions.

Listen to "Series Teaser - Episode 1" on Spreaker.