Alan Raul is the founder and leader of Sidley Austin LLP’s highly ranked privacy and cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy issues, including global data protection and compliance programmes, data breaches, cybersecurity, consumer protection issues and internet law. He also advises companies on their digital governance strategies and cyber crisis management. Mr Raul’s practice involves litigation and acting as counsel in consumer class actions and data breaches, as well as FTC, state attorney general, Department of Justice and other government investigations, enforcement actions and regulation. Mr Raul provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service. He previously served as vice chair of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, general counsel of the US Department of Agriculture and associate counsel to the President. He currently serves as a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the US Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce). Mr Raul also serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force by appointment of the ABA president. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr Raul holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School.
Privacy, like everything else in 2020, was dominated by the covid-19 pandemic. Employers and governments have been required to consider privacy in adjusting workplace practices to account for who has fever and other symptoms, who has travelled where, who has come into contact with whom and what community members have tested positive or been exposed. As a result of all this need for tracking and tracing, governments and citizens alike have recognised the inevitable trade-offs between exclusive focus on privacy versus exclusive focus on public health and safety.