Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

“I’m the controller!” “No, I am!”: Joint Controllers under the GDPR

Program Number: 2943

Program Date: 03/06/2019


The relationship between controllers and processors under the EU’s GDPR is well understood, but what if neither party is a processor? Is the relationship a data pool, a professional engagement, or a shared marketing program or service? In these and many other scenarios it is possible that the relationship is instead that of joint controllers. This program will take an in-depth look on how to determine when a relationship is between a controller and a processor, separate controllers, or joint controllers and the ramifications of each construct. Additionally, learn how to structure a contractual relationship between joint controllers and receive template documents designed to make the relationship clear and compliant. Finally, hear practical guidance from BCLP attorneys who have structured large joint controller relationships, including those processing large amounts of sensitive data.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY


Sean Christy, Esq.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Sean Christy is a trusted business and legal advisor to many public and privately-held companies in complex business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO) transactions; strategic IT products and service; software licensing, maintenance and development agreements, including software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing arrangements; internet-related and other technology-based service agreements; and other strategic procurements. He represents clients in their most critical strategic initiatives, ranging from global transactions by multinational corporations to the core business deals of early stage start-up companies.

Sean’s role as a business and commercial advisor to his clients is often a critical component in his clients’ success. He is known for providing guidance on strategic direction, analyzing client operations, selecting suppliers, scope, pricing, providing post-transaction support, counseling on trans-governance disputes, audit defense, and other key commercial issues his clients face throughout the lifecycle of their deals.

Sean’s work is often recognized for delivering significant savings, improved service capability and increased business agility for his clients.

Sean has substantial experience advising clients in the financial services (including financial technology), hospitality, consumer products, utility, energy and online data/analytics industries. He has represented clients across the globe, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Sean was a partner in the outsourcing and software systems integration practice group of another international law firm. His knowledge of and experience with telecommunications and outsourcing precede his private law practice. He previously led a capture team for a major telecommunications company, which included advising clients on and negotiating managed network services and telecommunications outsourcing agreements for large government and enterprise clients.


Tyler Thompson, Esq.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Tyler Thompson practices with the firm’s Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Client Service Group. He strategically advises clients on technology and commercial contracts, privacy policies and compliance, data breach, cyber security, IT, open source software, digital marketing, and SaaS agreements. Tyler is a recognized Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E) as well as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Tyler also focuses on emerging technologies such as distributed ledger, UAV, and autonomous vehicles.

Tyler provides practical and business-focused legal counsel, helping his clients manage costs as well as risk. His needs-based approach ensures that clients receive appropriately tailored counsel, whether they are a start-up or Fortune 500. Additionally, Tyler helps his clients modernize commercial contracting processes and privacy practices, enabling in-house attorneys to function more efficiently and conserve resources.

Prior to joining BCLP, Tyler served as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 500 healthcare company and provided counsel on commercial contracting and licensing matters, data breach investigations, and technology and software transactions. Tyler also advised on advanced privacy law issues including hybrid entities, business associate agreements, click-wrap privacy agreements, internal privacy attestations, mobile application privacy, privacy-by-design, and cloud security risks. Tyler has also worked in-house for a Silicon Valley Fortune 100 company, a telecommunications start-up, and a public university system. Tyler’s experience in-house enables him to better align legal and business objectives to help his clients meet their goals efficiently and effectively.