Daniel Cooper

Daniel P. Cooper


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Covington & Burling LLP
265 Strand
London WC2R 1BH
Tel: +44 20 7067 2020



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995
    • cum laude
  • University of Oxford, M.St., 1992
  • Princeton University, B.A., 1991
    • magna cum laude   

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. John Ferren, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1995-1996

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • German

Daniel Cooper advises clients on information technology regulatory issues, particularly data protection, e-commerce and data security matters.

According to the latest edition of Chambers UK (2015), “sources praise his ‘insightful, sophisticated knowledge and reasoning,’ and say he is ‘creative, practical and solution-oriented.’" In 2014, clients noted that he "is extremely knowledgeable and provides practical and comprehensive advice."  The guide described him as "outstanding.  He is practical, responsive and smart."

Mr. Cooper also regularly assists leading technology companies, including social networking sites, online content and entertainment providers, and e-shopping sites, on their European and global compliance strategies.  He also has deep experience with the regulation of mobile and e-health technologies.  Mr. Cooper is also known for his ability to guide clients through the issues arising from data breach incidents, and has advised a number of high-profile clients in this area.  Mr. Cooper co-authored the data protection standard that governs organized sport.

Mr. Cooper is dual-qualified in the United States and United Kingdom, and also has been appointed to the advisory and expert boards of privacy NGOs and agencies, such as Privacy International and the European security agency, ENISA.

Representative Matters

  • Advising Facebook, the online social network, on its compliance with European data protection laws.
  • Advising Expedia, and its sister company, TripAdvisor, on compliance with data protection and security rules in Europe and Asia.
  • Advising Wikimedia Foundation, responsible for the Wikipedia publication, with respect to European laws regulating charitable organizations and cross-border transfers of data.
  • Advising Microsoft on its various online services and data protection compliance.
  • Advising the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with respect to its compliance with European data privacy laws in connection with its global administration and management of athlete doping procedures.
  • Advising UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on UK privacy regulations as applied to athlete drug testing.
  • Advising Procter & Gamble on its online behavioral advertising practices and related collaborations with ad networks.
  • Advising Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Novartis, Abbott, Gilead, Alcon, Genzyme, Johnson & Johnson, MSD and UCB on their compliance with European data protection rules relating to clinical trials, e-health platforms, genetic testing and in other contexts.
  • Advising CBS Interactive on its online privacy policies and data processing practices in Europe and Asia.
  • Advising Viacom, the global mass media company, in connection with UK data protection law matters.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank on various data protection issues in the UK and Germany.
  • Advising American Express in connection with its fraud detection program and initiatives involving “Big Data”.
  • Assisting UnitedHealth Group (UHG) with cross-border transfers of personal data and compliance with European registration rules.
  • Advising Privacy International, the privacy-rights NGO, with respect to emerging EU and other privacy and data retention laws

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers UK, Data Protection (2009-2016)
  • Chambers Europe, Data Protection (2015) 
  • Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Privacy & Data Protection Law (2014)
  • Super Lawyers - London, Computer and IT Law (2013)
  • Chambers Global, Data Protection (2008-2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Data Protection (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Sport (2013-2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Media & Entertainment (2013)
  • Who's Who Legal, Information Technology (2013)
  • Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory, Privacy and Data Protection - Belgium (2011)

Pro Bono

  • Advising consortium of privacy-rights organizations in connection with the human rights implications of EU laws on data retention and amassing information from electronic communications services providers.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • European Privacy Association (EPA) Scientific Committee, Member (2015-2017)
  • DataGuidance Pharma Panel of Experts, Member
  • European Privacy Association, Member
  • Computer Law and Security Review, Member of the Professional Board
  • U.K. Law Society's ad hoc group on data protection, Member
  • Privacy International, Board of Trustees
  • CASRO, General Counsel and Privacy Officer's Forum
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Data Protection Research and Policy Committee, Member
  • European Privacy Officers Network (EPON), Member
  • MI5, Advisor on data privacy issues

Publications and Speeches

  • Mr. Cooper appeared on the Al Jazeera show “News Hour” (10/6/2015) to discuss the implications of the ECJ Schrems judgment.
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