Aaron Simpson

Aaron Simpson is a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth and leader on the firm’s Global Privacy and Cybersecurity team. He advises clients on a broad range of complex data protection, privacy and cybersecurity matters, including international and US federal and state privacy and data security requirements. His work ranges from advising clients on large-scale cybersecurity incidents to the development of cross-border data transfer solutions, compliance with existing and emerging data protection requirements in Europe, and negotiating data-driven commercial agreements. Aaron is well known as a top privacy professional and has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Computerworld and The Legal 500 for his work on behalf of clients. Aaron is the only lawyer listed in both The Legal 500 United Kingdom and The Legal 500 United States guides, providing clients with a broad and unique transatlantic perspective on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters. He is a sought-after media resource on privacy issues and has been quoted in such publications as Bloomberg BNA, Businessweek Magazine, Computer Weekly, Corporate Secretary, DataGuidance, Law360, SC Magazine, The Times and TIME Magazine. Aaron is a frequent speaker and has written and co-written numerous articles, book chapters and handbooks on data protection, privacy and information security issues.
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Extra-territorial reach under the GDPR
Practice Note

This Practice Note discusses the territorial scope of the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the GDPR). This applies whenever the use of personal data by an organisation relates to: (i) the offering of goods or services to individuals in the EEA, irrespective of whether a payment is required, or (ii) the monitoring of those individuals’ behaviour in the EEA.

Practice areas


  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Section of Antitrust LawPrivacy and Information Security Committee, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York


  • Specialist Panel


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2002
  • BA, The University of Texas, High Honors, 1997

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