Robert Blamires

San Francisco
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA

Robert Blamires is counsel in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Technology Transactions Practice. Mr. Blamires’ practice focuses on cutting edge regulatory compliance, such as data privacy, consumer protection, and online/mobile payments and commerce; complex IT/IP contracts and other transactional matters; and associated cross-border and multijurisdictional issues. Mr. Blamires also has deep insight pertaining to European regulatory enforcement, having spent two years on a secondment at the UK's consumer protection regulatory agency.

With 15 years of experience, Mr. Blamires advises clients in a wide range of sectors, particularly technology, including social media, fintech, healthtech, and other data-driven industries, as well as media, telecommunications, and retail.

Mr. Blamires advises clients with respect to EU and US legislative regimes including:

  • EU General Data Protection Regulation and related EU data privacy laws
  • Children’s Online Privacy Act
  • Video Privacy Protection Act
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and associated laws concerning protected health information

In addition, he regularly advises on security breach response policies and managing suspected or actual data security breaches. Well-versed in Europe’s strict data privacy regime, he has worked with multinational businesses on strategies to export European personal data to the US and elsewhere around the world in compliance with this regime, using mechanisms such as standard contractual clauses and binding corporate rules.

Mr. Blamires helps companies to comply with requirements for the use of cookies and other tracking devices, including applicable notice and consent mechanisms as well as broader online compliance issues associated with behavioral advertising. He also works with businesses to manage responses by domestic and international business to law enforcement and litigation discovery requests.

Mr. Blamires joined Latham in 2018 from another leading law firm.

  • “GDPR Five Months After Implementation: How Enforcement, Compliance and Insurability Issues are Playing Out,” RIMS Cyber Forum, Seattle, October 2018
  • “Critical Engagement and Machine Learning and AI,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s 7th Annual Privacy Law Forum, Silicon Valley, March 2018
  • “International Considerations in Licensing, Understanding the Intellectual Property License,” Practising Law Institute, December 2017
  • “Privacy in the Era of Safe Harbor II,” 13th Annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, Stanford Law School, June 2016
  • “GDPR Compliance Countdown – It’s All About the Details Now,” TRUSTe Privacy Risk Summit, San Francisco, June 2016
  • “Counsel’s Toolbox: Innovation in Managing Digital Privacy Risk,” Legaltech West Coast, San Francisco, June 2016
  • “How to Handle Cross-Border Data Transfers Post Safe Harbor and the Birth of the GDPR,” Masters Conference for Legal Professionals – Cybersecurity and Cross Border eDiscovery, San Francisco, April 2016
  • “Privacy By Design,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's 5th Annual Privacy Law Forum, Silicon Valley, March 2016
  • “Changing Rules for Data Privacy: Liability, Reform, and Opportunity,” Autonomous Cars Silicon Valley Conference, February 2016
  • “Practical Guidance on International Data Transfers,” Union Square Ventures Legal Lunch, New York, January 2016
  • “European Data Privacy,” Union Square Ventures Legal Lunch, New York, December 2014
  • “Exhaustion of Distribution Rights and Software Downloads,” US Association of Corporate Counsel, December 2013
  • “EDPB Publishes Regulatory Guidance on Territorial Scope of GDPR,” Latham Global Privacy & Security Compliance Law Blog, January 3, 2019
  • “California Consumer Privacy Act Guide,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, September 7, 2018
  • “A Slice of GDPR in California?” White & Case Technology Newsflash, September 7, 2018
  • “CCPA and GDPR: Comparison of certain provisions,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, September 7, 2018
  • “Social sharing and the US Video Privacy Protection Act: Perilous for online content providers,” Data Protection Leader, May 2018
  • “Privacy Shield: Recent Developments,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, April 10, 2017
  • “Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: ‘Big Data’ versus ‘The People’,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, February 20, 2017
  • “Further Challenges to EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Data Exports,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, December 12, 2016
  • “EU-US Privacy Shield challenged,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, November 2, 2016
  • “New York’s New Cybersecurity Rules: What Is Required?” White & Case Technology Newsflash, October 14, 2016
  • “EU-US Privacy Shield: How to Certify,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, August 9, 2016
  • “Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU’s new data protection law,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, July 25, 2016
  • “EU-US Privacy Shield approved,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, July 12, 2016
  • “New threats to transatlantic data flows as Model Clauses come under fire,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, June 9, 2016
  • “International Data Privacy: How to Navigate the Challenges,” White & Case Technology Newsflash, January 25, 2016
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