Hogan Lovells’ Harriet Pearson advocates for cybersecurity voluntary codes of conduct

Harriet Pearson, privacy and information management partner at Hogan Lovells, has testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

The hearing, entitled ‘Striking the Right Balance: Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Attack and Ensuring Privacy and Civil Liberties’, focused on how the US can protect its critical infrastructure from cyber-based threats while safeguarding individual privacy.

Pearson’s testimony called for voluntary codes of conduct for privacy and cybersecurity in addition to clarifications in relevant laws.

Addressing the committee, she said: ‘I endorse the development of voluntary codes of conduct for the privacy-sensitive deployment of cybersecurity measures and programs by businesses that are common enough to warrant such effort.

‘Examples might include information-sharing codes of conduct, in which organisations that engage in information-sharing partnerships with each other and with governmental agencies develop and commit to adopting privacy-sensitive practices.’