Kwabena A. Appenteng counsels employers on a range of workplace privacy and information security issues in both the U.S. and European Union, including:

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act
  • The European General Data Protection Regulation
  • Cross-border transfers of human resources data
  • Biometric data privacy issues
  • Responding to security breaches
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and background checks
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Social media issues and drafting social media policies
  • BYOD programs and electronic resources policies
  • Surveillance of employees' electronic communications
  • The Federal Wiretap Act
  • The Federal Stored Communications Act
  • Screening technologies
  • Location tracking and use of GPS-enabled devices
  • Workplace searches

Kwabena has been certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. and Europe (CIPP/US; CIPP/E), which demonstrates his understanding of global concepts of privacy and data protection law and practice, and how these components apply in the workplace.

A frequent writer on privacy topics, Kwabena has been published in a variety of publications including Law360, Inside Counsel Magazine, and Corporate Counsel, and routinely speaks on privacy and information security related issues.

Professional & Community Affiliations


International Association of Privacy Professionals


National Employment Law Council

Former Member

Business Services Advisory Board

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Former Member

Associate Board

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms


Certified Information Privacy Professional

U.S. Private Sector

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Certified Information Privacy Professional


International Association of Privacy Professionals

Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


Named, Emerging Lawyer

Illinois Leading Lawyers



Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council

John Marshall Law School

Phi Delta Phi Honors Society

News, Analysis & Press

Fourth-Quarter 2018 Workplace Privacy Update

Corporate Counsel

September 13, 2018

Workplace Privacy Issues Employers Should Monitor in 2018

Corporate Counsel Connect

February 1, 2018

Discovery, Q&A Feature

Super Lawyers Magazine | Illinois

January 1, 2018

Navigating the Impending EU General Data Protection Regulation

Global Payroll Magazine

September 1, 2017

5 Ways to Address Negative Social Media

Human Resource Executive Online

March 23, 2017

Seventh Circuit Update: Miller v. St. Joseph County

Federal Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section

June 1, 2015

Illinois Amendments to Eavesdropping Statute Signed Into Law

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

January 12, 2015

More Immigrants, More Laws, More Work

Chicago Lawyer

May 2014

Court Finds No Job-Based Claim Under Title II of the ADA

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

December 12, 2013

Diversity of a Different Kind

Profiles in Diversity Journal

April 30, 2013

Political Beliefs and Job Protection

Chicago Lawyer

April 2, 2013

World commerce enlarges legal puzzle

Chicago Lawyer

February 1, 2013

3 Tips for Employers Disciplining Employees For Social Media Activity


September 24, 2012

Barriers to a Borderless Market

Chicago Lawyer

September 1, 2012

Supervisor’s Use of Epithets Supports Harassment Verdict

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 20, 2012

4 tips for employers drafting social media policies


August 17, 2012

The British Take One Approach

Chicago Lawyer

July 1, 2012

What not to do when reviewing job applicants’ social media pages


June 21, 2012

The Rising Global Law Firm

Chicago Lawyer

May 2012

A Radical New View of Restrictive Covenants in Illinois


January 27, 2012

Employing The Law

Chicago Lawyer

December 2011

The Deregulation Debate

Chicago Lawyer

October 2011

Tweeting at Your Own Risk?

Chicago Lawyer

August 2011

Our Own Quasi-Legal Revolution

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

April 2011

The Death of the Junior Associate?

Chicago Lawyer

February 2011

The Law Needs to DREAM

Chicago Lawyer

November 2010

It's A Small (Legal) World At Local Law Firms

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

April 21, 2010

An International Perspective

Chicago Lawyer

August 2009

Books & Book Chapters

  • Littler on Data Protection and Release of Personal Information: HIPAA and Related Laws, Littler National Employer Library, Co-author, 2017
  • The Developing Labor Law Supplement, Bloomberg BNA, Dual Employer Operations: The “Double-Breasted” Issue, Chapter 13, Contributing author, 2013-2015

Speaking Engagements

Biometric Technology in the Workplace: Satisfying Compliance Obligations and Avoiding Data Security Risk

National Association of Security Companies Private Security Leaders’ Roundtable

February 11, 2020

Focus on Social Media -- Social Media in the Workplace, Policies, Best Practices and Social Media Background Checks

California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

November 15, 2019

The Push and Pull of Workplace Technology: Anticipating and Minimizing Risks While Reaping the Benefits of the Latest Advances

Florida Regional Employer Conference, Miami, FL

October 24, 2019

Responding to the Insider Threat

IG3 Mid-Atlantic Conference, Washington, D.C.

June 26, 2019

The Push and Pull of Workplace Technology: Anticipating and Minimizing Risks While Repeating the Benefits of the Latest Advances

2019 Chicago Employer Conference, Chicago, IL

May 30, 2019

Hot Topics: The California Consumer Privacy Act

The 2019 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 2019

Getting Ahead Of The Curve: Strategies For Addressing The Latest Privacy And Information Security Developments In Today’s Technology-Driven Workplace

2018 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

Workplace Monitoring & Protecting Your Company: Privacy Risks and Information Security Concerns

National Business Institute, Chicago, IL

May 16, 2018

Regulating, Monitoring and Investigating Employees’ Social Media Activity

Center for Competitive Management Webinar

December 12, 2017

Employee Monitoring: Protecting Your Workplace and Preserving Employees’ Privacy Rights

National Business Institute, Chicago, IL

December 6, 2017

The Current State of Employment Laws Related to Social Media

National Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

October 27, 2017

HIPAA and State Privacy Laws Governing Group Health Plan Data: Ensuring Compliance, Mitigating Risk

Center for Competitive Management Webinar

May 18, 2017

Wearables (and Other Technology) in the Workplace – and the Hidden Legal Risks

National Employment Law Council’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO

April 27, 2017

Monitoring Your Workplace in the Digital Age: Privacy Considerations for Employers

National Business Institute, Chicago, IL

December 5, 2016

Human Resources Boot Camp: HIPAA Training

Client Seminar

November 9, 2016

Current Workplace Privacy Concerns (HIPAA & Wearables)

International Association of Privacy Professionals, Chicago, IL

October 11, 2016

Workplace Privacy and Data Security Update

National Business Institute, Chicago, IL

September 21, 2016

HIPAA Privacy In The Workplace

Client Seminar

September 14, 2016

Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Employee Handbooks

Thompson Information Services Webinar

November 18, 2015

Employment Law Update

National Business Institute (NBI)

June 10, 2015

Regulating Social Media in the Workplace

Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar

March 4, 2015

Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain

Human Resource Law from A to Z - National Business Institute

September 9, 2014

What To Do When The Government Pays You a Non-Social Visit

Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar

August 1, 2014


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 2008
  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, 2004

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois