On March 16, 2011 partner and event committee member John J. Heitmann was a panelist in a session titled "Working 9-5: Privacy and Data Security Issues for Employers" at the 6th Annual Privacy & Data Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. The panel provided an overview of employers' obligations for the collection and protection of an employee's personally identifiable information, the potential legal liabilities and best practices for monitoring employee email and wireless communications using company equipment or personal equipment authorized for business use, and issues related to an employee's or job applicant's participation in social networking sites and activities.

The 6th Annual Privacy & Data Security Symposium was presented by the ABA Communications Law Forum and the FCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee. Kelley Drye & Warren LLP was a sponsor of the event.