John B. Kennedy


John B. Kennedy
offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4310
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John Kennedy is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Corporate Department, a member of the Outsourcing and Technology Group, and co-chair of the Privacy and Information Security Group.

In over 30 years of practice, Mr. Kennedy has focused on transactions and counseling in the law of information technology, data privacy and security, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), intellectual property and e-commerce. His transactional practice includes outsourcing, software development and licensing, e-commerce transactions, technology transfer and intellectual property-intensive M&A, divestitures, joint ventures and re-structurings. His clients have included Fortune 500 as well as emerging companies in the financial services, technology, communications, media, energy and consumer products sectors.

Mr. Kennedy has negotiated complex information technology (IT) outsourcing services agreements involving cloud computing, IT infrastructure and software procurement, systems integration, software development and maintenance, voice and data services and disaster recovery and business continuity. He has also negotiated business process outsourcing (BPO) agreements for call centers and customer support services, finance and accounting services, human resources administration, enterprise procurement services, government passport and visa services, research and development services and supply chain management. His work in this area includes advising clients on all stages of the contract process, including RFP preparation and evaluation, vendor diligence, negotiation of definitive agreements and ongoing advice concerning governance, dispute management and amendments.

In Mr. Kennedy's extensive practice in data privacy, data protection and cybersecurity law, he has represented clients in connection with risk and compliance assessments of data privacy and cybersecurity policies and practices, data breach preparedness and response, regulatory investigations of data practices, data analytics projects, connected devices, cloud services and numerous social media and mobile e-commerce services. He has also worked extensively in the area of international data transfers, corporate information governance and the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). His clients in this area include companies in the financial services, technology, social media, manufacturing, energy and consumer products industries. He is the author of numerous articles on privacy and data security and between 2000 and 2016 co-chaired Practicing Law Institute's Annual Privacy and Data Security Law Institute. Bloomberg BNA recently published Mr. Kennedy's Privacy & Data Security Practice Portfolio Series, Cybersecurity and Privacy in Business Transactions: Managing Data Risk in Deals (March 2015).

He has been named in the Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2012 for Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection (for more about the standards for inclusion in Who's Who of Business Lawyers, see www.whoswholegal. com/wwl100/methodology). Chambers USA ranks Mr. Kennedy nationally in their Outsourcing category (for more information about the standards for inclusion in Chambers USA, www.chambersandpartners. com/methodology.) The Best Lawyers in America has named him for his work in Information Technology Law since 2009 (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, see Recently he was elected to The American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
Mr. Kennedy received his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He was a William Rainey Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he earned an M.A. in English and American Literature, and graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College.


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals


06.15.2018The LabMD Decision Reins In the FTC's Authority to Issue Broadly Worded and Ill-Defined Orders
08.18.2017Uber-FTC Settlement Highlights the FTC's Focus on Aligning Security Promises with Security Practices
01.06.2017Although Delayed, New York's Aggressive Cybersecurity Law Expected to Affect Financial Services and Insurance Firms
06.09.2016Morgan Stanley Hit with $1 Million Fine in SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action
11.23.2015FTC Administrative Law Judge to FTC: "Not So Fast on Data Security Enforcement!"
10.30.2015U.S. Senate Moves Forward on Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Legislation
10.06.2015European Union High Court Invalidates US/EU Safe Harbor for Data Transfers
06.04.2015Doing Business in Connecticut? There's a New Data Security Law You Should Get to Know
04.08.2015Implications of FCC's Record $25M Data Breach Settlement With AT&T
02.09.2015Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, Winter 2015
02.06.2015The Anthem Breach: What Affected Group Plans Should Be Thinking About
11.07.2014California Reports 600% Increase in the Number of Individuals Affected by Data Breaches
04.08.2014Judge Green Lights FTC's Data Security Case Against Wyndham Worldwide
03.26.2014‘Kill Chain' Analysis of Target Data Breach is a Chilling Read for Corporate Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals
02.21.2014Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, February 2014
02.11.2014Cybersecurity Legislation: Is Congress Ready?
01.28.2014Federal Contractors: Meet the New Cybersecurity Standards or Lose Your Government Book
12.09.2013Cyber Attacks: A Clear and Present Danger
11.20.2013Google Enters Into $17 Million Settlement With 37 States and the District of Columbia After Circumventing Privacy Settings in Apple Inc.'s Safari Browser
05.07.2013A Data Privacy and Security Checklist for Management
03.13.2013Connecticut Attorney General Announces $7 Million Settlement with Google for Data-Snatching Wi-Fi Drive-Bys
02.26.2013The Federal Trade Commission's ‘Device Squad' Gets Technical with HTC on Smartphone Security
02.14.2013White House Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order
02.04.2013Federal Trade Commission Issues Comprehensive Mobile Privacy Recommendations and Proposes Mobile ‘Do Not Track' Mechanism
01.31.2013Lost Backup Tape Puts Blood Bank Under the FTC's Microscope
01.11.2013The World Gone Mobile: California Attorney General Issues Roadmap to Privacy Protection in the 'Mobile Ecosystem'

Published Works

07.01.2017Outsourcing: United States OverviewPractical Law - Thomson Reuters
07.01.2017Transferring Employees on an Outsourcing in the United States: OverviewPractical Law - Thomson Reuters
03.06.2017Regulatory Oversight of Third-Party Arrangements: Who's Writing the Contract?New York Law Journal
03.07.2016Hone a Plan to Meet Evolving Regulatory ExpectationsNew York Law Journal
02.24.2016Financial Regulators Have Cyber on Their
01.20.2016Cybersecurity in the U.S.: Living with Regulatory UncertaintyTerralex Connections
01.25.2013Reining In Mobile App Privacy PracticesLaw360


06.13.2018The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
05.04.2018Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
05.02.2018Wiggin and Dana to Publish an Article Series titled "Legal Issues for High-Growth Technology Companies"
10.27.2017Wiggin and Dana Hosts Another Successful Cyber and Privacy Forum
09.22.2017Six Wiggin and Dana Partners Recognized as New York Best Lawyers 2018
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.18.2017Wiggin and Dana's Outsourcing and Technology Practice Ranked Among National Leaders
06.05.2017Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.31.2016Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.30.2015John Kennedy Featured in Digital Privacy Article
05.21.2015Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
03.30.2015Wiggin and Dana Partner John Kennedy Publishes Cybersecurity Portfolio in Bloomberg BNA
02.03.2015Wiggin and Dana Advises DMG Media in Acquisition of Elite Daily
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.27.2014Chambers USA Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
02.25.2014John Kennedy Elected to American Law Institute
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
08.12.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Appointed Advisor of American Law Institute Project
07.22.2013Wiggin and Dana Partners Named to Who's Who Legal
06.07.2013Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut and Nationwide Categories
06.19.2012Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut, New York and Nationwide Categories
06.04.2012Leading Information Technology Lawyer Joins Wiggin and Dana

offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4310
view LinkedIn profile



  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of Chicago, M.A., 1976
  • Carleton College, B.A., 1970, Magna Cum Laude


  • Connecticut
  • New York

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