LeBlanc Tapped as Privacy Shield Arbitrator

Travis LeBlanc, former FCC Enforcement Bureau chief under Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler, has been tapped to help oversee compliance with the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

That is the agreement between the European Union and the U.S. over protecting the privacy of cross-border information flows.

He will be one of 20 arbitrators—16 have been chosen with four more to come—who will decide claims of violations of the framework obligations. They are a court of last resort if parties fail to resolve issues with the relevant data protection authorities. They are being chosen from a list supplied by both the E.U. and Commerce.

LeBlanc is a partner in the D.C. and Palo Alto, Calif., offices of law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

The privacy shield replaces the safe harbor agreement that a European Union court invalidated in October 2015 over concerns about the U.S. being able to hold up its end of the agreement given the government surveillance revealed by the Edward Snowden leaks. The framework requires companies to provide notice of what personal information is being collected and stored, the purposes it is used for, and an "opt out" mechanism.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.