Ariel Wolf is an attorney who solves complex legal and policy issues at the intersection of privacy, cybersecurity, transportation, consumer protection, and emerging technology. He is a member of Venable's e-Commerce, Privacy, and Data Security Practice Group, which won the Chambers USA Award for Excellence for the top privacy practice and top advertising practice in the United States. As part of Venable’s Privacy team, Mr. Wolf helped launch the firm’s Automated Vehicle Innovation Group, and Cybersecurity Risk Management Services, both of which comprise key pillars of Ariel’s practice.
In his legal counseling, Mr. Wolf works with clients across a range of industries, including transportation, ad tech, hospitality, telecommunications, and financial services. He represents clients before Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Commerce, and other federal and state agencies, and he works with clients facing investigations and enforcement actions at both the federal and state levels. In doing so, he regularly interprets the FTC Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, telecommunications laws, state UDAP laws, and data breach notification and security laws, as well as related regulations, agency guidance, and case law. Mr. Wolf also counsels clients on the application of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, and related and emerging self-regulatory efforts in the online advertising industry.
For clients facing security incidents and data breaches, Mr. Wolf provides clients with crisis management counseling that considers legal and regulatory obligations, public relations issues, potential congressional and state attorney general scrutiny, brand reputation, and other key factors affecting businesses in these situations. As a member of Venable's Cybersecurity Risk Management Services, he collaborates with technology specialists to conduct table-top exercises, boardroom trainings, and enterprise-wide cyber assessments, among other engagements designed to enhance clients' cybersecurity governance, risk management, and legal compliance.
In his role with the Automated Vehicle Innovation group, Mr. Wolf works closely with manufacturers, suppliers, and technology providers to navigate the emerging legal and policy landscape being transformed by connected cars, transportation mobility technology, and the Internet of Things. His work includes supporting a leading coalition of companies to advance federal and state policy priorities related to fully-automated vehicles, as well as providing legal counsel in areas such as automobile recalls, drones, general transportation law, and enforcement actions by NHTSA and related agencies.
In his legislative and policy work, Ariel draws from 5 years of experience on Capitol Hill working as an advisor to a senior U.S. Senator to help design and implement strategies and build coalitions for effective advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues. He has been involved in the development of numerous laws, rulemakings, codes of conduct, and best practices.
Ariel regularly provides thought leadership on privacy and cybersecurity matters through speeches, panel participation, and writing. Recent remarks have discussed FTC data security enforcement, the Internet's Dark Web, and the impact of the presidential election on privacy issues. Since 2014, Mr. Wolf has served as editor of the Privacy Group's monthly newsletter, The Download, and since 2011 has served on the firm's International Steering Committee.