Advertising and Privacy Law Summit

This week, President Trump signed an executive order outlining a national plan to promote the development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.  The order serves as the official launch of the “American AI Initiative,” which includes five areas of focus:

  • Invest in AI R&D – Prioritize AI investment in Federal agencies’ R&D missions
  • Unleash AI Resources – Enhance availability of Federal data, models, and computing resources to America’s AI research and development experts
  • Set AI Governance Standards – Led by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), develop technical standards for reliable, secure, trustworthy, and interoperable AI systems
  • Build the AI Workforce – Prioritize fellowships and training with Federal agencies to cultivate AI-focused skills and education
  • International Engagement and Protecting the U.S. AI Advantage – Implement an action plan to protect U.S. AI intellectual property

The order does not include a timeline or allocate specific funding for AI initiatives, though the Administration has indicated that a detailed plan to further the goals in the order will be released this year.

The order comes a day after remarks by FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra that referred to potential negative outcomes of AI technology. In a speech at the Silicon Flatirons Conference in Colorado, Commissioner Chopra raised concerns about biases, and potential inequality based on gender or race, that can result from “black box” decision-making technology that combines AI algorithms with massive data collection. Commissioner Chopra noted that current consumer protection laws that exist to address human bias in the marketplace must similarly be structured to account for AI-generated biases, echoing sentiments raised by participants at the FTC’s AI-focused competition and consumer protection hearing held last year.

Register Now for Keeping Up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Update on Recent CPSC Developments, the latest in our 2017 Advertising and Privacy Law Webinar Series

Keeping Up with the CPSCWith the complexity of today’s product safety regulatory environment and the civil penalty amounts for failure to report safety hazards, it is more important than ever for manufacturers and retailers to identify and resolve potential liability issues confidentially before they draw scrutiny from regulators and negative publicity.

Please join chair of Kelley Drye’s Advertising and Marketing and Consumer Product Safety practice Christie Grymes Thompson for an update on consumer product safety. The webinar will cover hot button legal issues and summarize significant developments in consumer product safety and at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kelley Drye Speakers:

Christie Grymes Thompson, Partner

To register, please click here.

CLE Information:

Kelley Drye is an accredited provider of NY, IL & CA CLE. This non-transitional continuing legal education program has been approved for 1.0 NY Professional Practice credit, 1.0 Illinois credit, and 1.0 CA General credit. We will apply for CLE credit in other jurisdictions, upon request, but cannot guarantee approval. If you are interested in applying to receive CLE credit, please include your desired jurisdiction and your bar registration number when you register.

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Please join Kelley Drye in 2017 for the Advertising and Privacy Law Webinar Series. Like our annual in-person event, this series will provide engaging speakers with extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of advertising, privacy, and consumer protection. These webinars will give key updates and provide practical tips to address issues faced by counsel.

This webinar series will commence January 25 and continue the last Wednesday of each month, as outlined below.

January 25, 2017 | February 22, 2017 | March 29, 2017 | April 26, 2017 | June 28, 2017
July 26, 2017 | September 27, 2017 | October 25, 2017 | November 29, 2017

Kicking off the series will be a one-hour webinar on “Marketing in a Multi-Device World: Update on Cross Device Tracking” on January 25, 2017 at 12 PM ET. For more information and to register, please click here. CLE credit will be offered for this program.

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On June 8th attorneys from Kelley Drye’s advertising law practice hosted government officials and industry leaders at an advanced seminar on key issues in advertising, privacy, and consumer protection law. This year marked the fourth annual Advertising and Privacy Law Summit and included an inaugural pre-Summit book camp for professionals new to the field.  

More than 110 attendees from a broad range of industries across the U.S. gathered at the newly-reopened Watergate Hotel and heard from experts in various areas of the law. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, and Jessica Rich, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, were the Summit’s keynote speakers.


The Washington Post took notice of the Summit’s timely topics and bold venue choice. Kelley Drye’s Advertising and Marketing Practice Group Chair Christie Grymes Thompson was quoted in the article: “Given the historical significance of the complex, we figured it was a terrific place to discuss deception, public policy and invasion of privacy.” Christie also commented that “We are thrilled to have had such great engagement at this year’s Summit. The guests appreciated the deep dive into topics that are relevant to the broad array of companies marketing to consumers in the U.S.”

At the Summit, speakers discussed the current regulatory and litigation climate and developing marketing trends, including investigative and enforcement priorities at the FTC, CFPB, FDA, FCC, DOJ, and NAD; real-time marketing; consumer-friendly disclosures; consumer and privacy class actions; cyber scandals and the EU-US Privacy Shield; cross device tracking; corporate social responsibility initiatives; and dealing with whistleblowers and internal complaints.

Details regarding the agendas and speaker line-ups are available here and here.


Kelley Drye’s Advertising and Marketing practice has a national reputation for excellence. No other firm can match our record in advertising litigation and National Advertising Division (NAD) proceedings, our substantive strength in the areas of advertising, promotions, privacy, and consumer protection law, and our experience at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the offices of state Attorneys General, and the broadcast networks. Follow the practice via our blog, Ad Law Access, and find pictures from the event on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.