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Alexis Ward represents clients in a variety of matters at the intersection of government contracts and cybersecurity utilizing her experience in analytics and data architecture to counsel clients with a practical, real-world lens. As a member of Crowell & Moring’s Privacy and Cybersecurity and Government Contracts groups, Alexis has assisted clients in matters including False Claims Act investigations; developing corporate policies, procedures and governance; and in diverse matters involving cybersecurity and data privacy compliance, risk assessment and mitigation, and incident response.

During law school, Alexis founded USC Gould’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Society and was on the board of OUTLaw. Alexis also worked as a teaching assistant for the graduate programs’ Information Privacy Law course. Her paper The Oldest Trick in the Facebook: Would the General Data Protection Regulation Have Stopped the Cambridge Analytica Scandal? was published by the Trinity College Law Review.

On March 22, 2022, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule requiring contracting officers to consider supplier risk assessments in DoD’s Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) when evaluating offers. SPRS is a DoD enterprise system that collects contractor quality and delivery performance data from a variety of systems to develop three risk assessments:

On March 2, 2023, the Biden Administration released the 35-page National Cybersecurity Strategy (the “Strategy”) with a goal “to secure the full benefits of a safe and secure digital ecosystem for all Americans.”

Summary and Analysis

The Strategy highlights the government’s commitment to investing in cybersecurity research and new technologies to protect the nation’s security

On February 17, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that violations of the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) (the country’s first biometric privacy legislation) accrue for each incident of capture or dissemination of biometric information, and not only once for each data subject. Cothron v. White Castle Systems found based on the plain language

Key Takeaways

  1. A Potential Increase in Claims, Costs, and Damages
  2. Reduce Liability Through Transparency

On February 2, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that all Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) claims are uniformly subject to a five-year statute of limitations, expanding liability for businesses collecting biometric information.[1] In Tims v. Black Horse Carriers, Inc.