Thomas Smedinghoff

Of Counsel; Locke Lord LLP
Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in addressing emerging legal issues regarding electronic transactions, identity management, privacy, information security, and online authentication issues. He is Chair of the American Bar Association Identity Management Legal Task Force, and is also an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), where he is currently working to develop international legal rules to govern electronic identity management issues. Tom is co-editor and contributing author of the GUIDE TO CYBERSECURITY DUE DILIGENCE IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (ABA, 2017), and a contributing author to the THE ABA CYBERSECURITY HANDBOOK - A RESOURCE FOR ATTORNEYS, LAW FIRMS & BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS (ABA, 2013 and 2018). He can be reached at

Thomas's Session

Tuesday, June 25
4:00 - 4:25 pm
The Legal Rules Governing Identity: Current Law and Coming Legislation
Numerous laws currently regulate identity systems. What are they, where do they come from, and how do they affect IdPs, RPs, and other participants? And what new significant efforts are underway to develop domestic and international legislation governing identity management? This session will address those threshold questions to provide a basic overview of the legal rules governing identity systems, the manner in which they operate, and their impact on the responsibilities and liabilities of the parties. The session will also examine existing and newly emerging laws and legal initiatives at both a domestic and global level, the directions they are taking, and the impact they are likely to have on shaping the identity ecosystem. Finally, the session will examine how the law can be used to facilitate trust in identity transactions and interoperability between identity systems.

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