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Elizabeth Canter
Elizabeth H. Canter
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5228 ecanter@cov.com Download V-card

Libbie Canter has experience representing a wide variety of multinational companies on privacy, cyber security, and technology transaction issues, with special expertise in advising those in highly-regulated sectors, including financial services companies and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

She counsels these companies — and their technology and advertising partners — on how to address legacy regulatory issues and the cutting edge issues that have emerged with industry innovations and data collaborations. As part of her practice, she regularly represents clients in commercial transactions relating to content distribution and those involving personal data and cybersecurity risk.

  • Advised a major technology and consumer electronics company and two of the largest advertisers in the world on global privacy assessments. For one client, the privacy assessment culminated with the development of a privacy-by-design program and governance system and updated privacy policies that were translated ultimately into more than 70 languages.
  • Provides ongoing privacy and data protection counsel to a number of financial services companies, including on compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and other U.S. privacy laws.
  • Provides ongoing counsel to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and other health industry clients in relation to use of mobile applications and other digital platforms.
  • Advises television industry clients on negotiating retransmission consent and digital distribution agreements, as well as in connection with strategic transactions. Ms. Canter advised what was then Gannett Co., Inc. on its $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corp. She also advised Microsoft Corp. in its acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l., the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash.
  • Counsels clients on data security breaches, including compliance with notification requirements and advice regarding possible regulatory enforcement actions, and developing cyber security and incident response policies and programs.

Pro Bono

  • Represents non-profit organizations on managing privacy and cybersecurity risks.
  • Represented plaintiffs in a putative class action against the United States Postal Service for failure to provide reasonable accommodations to deaf postal workers.
  • Counseled trade group on constitutional issues in connection with FCC proceeding.
  • Represented inmate in parole hearing before the U.S. Parole Commission.
  • Represented employee in connection with employment discrimination and retaliation suit filed in federal court; obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • Drafted amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on validity of federal criminal statute under the Commerce Clause.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association

Previous Experience

  • Research Assistant and Acting Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Timothy P. Johnson (D - S.D.) from 2003-2005 on banking and telecommunications issues.
  • Law360, Cybersecurity & Privacy "Rising Star" (2017)