Nick Merker is a partner and co-chair of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Practice. With almost a decade of hands-on, pre-legal computer systems, network, and security experience in the public and private sector, Nick bridges the gap between information technology and the law. Privacy law and technology are both constantly changing - Nick assists clients by analyzing laws against emerging technology and preparing clients to address regulatory and contractual audits, customer expectations, and assessment of risk.
Clients seek Nick’s counsel in all areas where data security and privacy is an issue, including PCI-DSS, the HIPAA Security Rule, online privacy statements, vendor contract issues, the EU Data Protection Directive, anti-SPAM issues, regulatory enforcement, privacy due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, privacy audits (i.e. GAPP), and data security standards and audits (i.e. NERC, SSAE 16, etc.).
Nick also strives to educate others on trending privacy issues. He is Faculty at the International Association of Privacy Professionals where he leads privacy training across the globe to executives, engineers, lawyers and managers. Nick teaches a Data Security and Privacy Law course at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, and is a frequent author and speaker on privacy issues at conferences and in multiple publications.