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Attorney Marta Belcher Testifies in New York Senate on Blockchain and Privacy Law

Practices: Intellectual Property, Social Media, Patent Strategy, FinTech, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Marta Belcher (Silicon Valley), an attorney in the IP litigation and data practice groups, testified in a New York State Senate hearing on online privacy on June 4. Her testimony focused on the potential impact of New York’s proposed privacy bills (the New York Privacy Act, S.5642, and the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act, S.5575A) on blockchain companies. 

The hearing was led by Senators Kevin Thomas and Diane Savino, and included testimony from the New York State Attorney General, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Internet Association, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and other industry groups, civil liberties groups, and privacy experts.

Ms. Belcher’s  practice focuses on blockchain and emerging technologies, including advising the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on blockchain policy, representing one of the largest blockchain projects as outside general counsel, defending one of the first blockchain companies to be sued for patent infringement, and drafting the first blockchain-transferable software license, for which she was recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards. She has previously spoken about the potential impact of privacy regulations on blockchain companies in European Parliament and twice in Davos during the World Economic Forum. 

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