Overview

Drawing on more than 30 years of working on consumer protection issues as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Katherine E. Armstrong drills down on policy issues to ensure that clients remain in lockstep with U.S. federal and state privacy and data security laws. Katherine brings a sophisticated understanding of the promise and pitfalls associated with Big Data use, and she works methodically to balance client objectives with regulatory advances in a number of industries including financial services, insurance, education and retail.

Clients look to Katherine for guidance on compliance issues related to the:

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act)
  • NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation

When it comes to responding to compliance inquiries and investigations, Katherine’s regulatory background and tactical approach are invaluable assets. In addition, Katherine works proactively with clients to fortify information privacy and security practices, develop information governance programs and avoid blowback from advertising and marketing issues and other matters regulated by the FTC.

Katherine serves on the Editorial Board of the Faegre Drinker on Data blog, which discusses developments in privacy, cybersecurity, information governance and data analytics.

FTC Leadership

Katherine previously served as a senior attorney in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. During her tenure with the agency, Katherine oversaw FCRA initiatives, including enforcement investigations and consent negotiations. She also counseled former Chairman Janet Steiger and Commissioner Sheila Anthony on various consumer protection issues, with an emphasis on issues involving privacy and unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

Faculty Positions

  • Marymount University School of Business and Technology — Spring 2019

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia

Certifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D.

Pitzer College
B.A.

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • "Am I Committing Malpractice? Privacy/Data Security/GDPR
    Panelist, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, Phoenix, Arizona (January 29-February 1, 2020)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Episcopal Diocese of Virginia — Annual Council, Parish Delegate —2015-18
  • The Madeira School — Board Member, 2008-16
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, McLean, Virginia — A variety of lay positions over the past 15 years

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Antitrust Law — Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project (Vice Chair, 2019-20); Privacy and Information Security Committee (Co-Chair, 2018-21)
  • ABA, Consumer Financial Services Committee — Federal and State Trade Practices Subcommittee (Chair, 2015-16; Vice Chair, 2011-14)

Honors

  • Official Commendation for Distinguished Service, Awarded by the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, 2014

Awards Methodology 

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