Interactive Counsel

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Interactive Counsel

Donna McPartland

Donna McPartland
Washington, DC

Donna McPartland is counsel in Arent Fox’s Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group. At the core of her practice, she draws from nearly 20 years of experience in the testing, higher education, and nonprofit industries.

Donna works with a variety of clients on their global data privacy and information security issues, developing privacy programs, advising on cross border data transfers, developing privacy policies, privacy impact assessments, data governance programs, navigating information security standards, and addressing issues in advanced technologies, including biometrics. Donna also advises nonprofits on their general counsel and transactional matters. Donna has significant in-house experience that clients can rely on to help them with their privacy and security matters.

Client Work

Donna counsels clients on complex global data issues that cross industries, technologies, and borders.

In addition to evaluating and advising on global privacy programs, compliance, and cross-border data transfers, Donna advises clients on European Union data protection laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has directly interacted with data protection authorities (DPAs) in a variety of Member States. Donna has also worked with clients on their data privacy programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Donna regularly assists clients with privacy and security requirements and audits, including Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), data governance programs, privacy policies, and information security governance and relevant frameworks including NIST, ISO, and SOC standards.

Donna previously served as the Chief Privacy Official and Director of Compliance at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the nonprofit owner of GMAT exam with testing in over 115 countries. Donna’s experience also includes PBS, America Online, and a large international law firm.

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Blog Posts by Donna McPartland

Advertising, Privacy & Security, Blockchain
The FTC Prepares for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Fraud Crackdowns

Got blockchain? For many, the answer to this question is “no” but the technology and the medium of exchange built on it have arrived and many platforms and industries are looking to see how it can help facilitate transactions and allow for more efficiencies. Enter cryptocurrency, which relies upon blockchain technology, and is a secure, non-cash digital currency that is being considered in many industries as a form of payment or exchange for value. And, as often the case with newly implemented and much hyped technology, especially one that facilitates a financial transaction, the Federal Trade Commission is now paying attention.  

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Privacy & Security
ECJ Rules Exam Responses, But Not Questions, Score As Personal Data

In a recent European Court of Justice Ruling, the court held that a test taker’s answers and an examiner’s comments with regard to those answers are personal data, while valuable proprietary test questions are not.


On December 20, 2017, in the case of Peter Nowak v. the Data Protection Commissioner, the ECJ handed down its decision regarding whether or not test responses from a candidate taking a professional examination are personal information under the EU 95/46/EC Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. This case was referred to the ECJ by the Supreme Court of Ireland and the ECJ was asked to provide a preliminary ruling on the following:

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Privacy & Security
SEC Enforcement Division Creates Cyber Unit to Pursue Data Security Cases

Last month, the SEC announced the creation of a new “Cyber Unit” within the Enforcement Division to target misconduct related to cybersecurity. The unit is being created in conjunction with internal SEC initiatives to strengthen cybersecurity in the wake of the agency’s infamous data breach last year.

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