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A Day in the Life of Christopher Wolf '80L

— by on July 17th, 2012

MSNBC has called Washington and Lee law alumnus Christopher Wolf, of the Class of 1980, “a pioneer in Internet law” based on his early involvement in legal cases involving technology agreements, copyright, domain names, jurisdiction and, perhaps most of all, privacy.

A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells, Chris leads the firm’s privacy practice group. He also is founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank “that seeks to advance responsible data practices.”

Chris is the subject of a recent “Day in the Life” feature on the Hogan Lovells website. Chris said he recognized early on “the enormous potential that the Internet would have for education, communication, entertainment, and the betterment of society.” He added that there has to be a level of trust for the Internet to evolve. “Technology has a great role to play in our society, but we need greater protection of personal information,” he said.

This past January, Chris testified before a Senate panel looking to update video privacy laws. And last month he co-authored an op-ed on Politico about the shifting nature of privacy now that users connect through apps.

There is, Chris said on the Hogan Lovells site, “a sea change right now regarding privacy laws with a move toward more stringent regulations regarding the collection and use of information.”

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