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Karin Retzer

Retzer, Karin


Brussels, 32 23407364


University of Regensburg (J.D., 1995)
University of Regensburg (B.A., 1995)

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Karin Retzer's practice focuses on the legal aspects of data protection and security, direct marketing, and electronic commerce.

Ms. Retzer assists clients with privacy and data security compliance and risk management, involving both national and international multi-jurisdictional dimensions. She advises on questions regarding data transfers, the handling of information in shared service centers and sourcing transactions, e-discovery, breach notification, and the use of email and the Internet in the workplace. She has drafted privacy policies and guidelines, notices, agreements for data list management, and data transfer and processing contracts for dozens of multinational clients. She also assists clients in their dealings with data protection authorities, developing appropriate responses to requests for information and complaints, and provides legislative and policy advice to clients. Additionally, Ms. Retzer assists clients with privacy audits and data protection complaints and litigation. Ms. Retzer has particular expertise regarding the implications of legislative restrictions for online tracking, analytics, personalization of Internet content, behavioral advertising, and direct marketing communications. She regularly advises clients on the use of location data gathered through smart phones and location-based services.

In addition, Ms. Retzer advises clients on issues relating to electronic commerce, such as online terms of use, the requirements for online contracts, disclosure obligations, liability for website content, and the legal aspects of online auction sites. She has developed template agreements and negotiated complex commercial agreements for many clients, counseling them not only with respect to legal ramifications, but also taking into account applicable business and technical considerations. Ms. Retzer is listed as a key individual in The International Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2016.

Her work spans a wide range of industry sectors. Clients include internationally renowned consumer product companies, financial services organizations, technology and telecommunications providers as well as clients in the advertising, hospitality, media and entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and retail industries.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Retzer worked in Paris at the European headquarters of Sterling Commerce, a U.S. supplier of e-commerce products. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Retzer worked at the European Commission, where she was involved mainly with examining and monitoring Member States' implementation of European Community directives.

Ms. Retzer regularly writes for a wide variety of publications. She is a member of the IAPP Publications Advisory Board and a contributing author in the publication, Employee Privacy: Guide to US and International Law. She is a member of the Munich bar and the Brussels EU bar, after studies in Regensburg (Germany), Utrecht (The Netherlands), and Munich (Germany). Ms. Retzer is fluent in German, English, and French and has a working knowledge of Dutch. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security, the Licensing Executives Society, and the Association for Industrial Property and Copyright Law.

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