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PRIVACY/DATA USE AND SECURITY

Health care records, employee data, bank records—all of this highly sensitive data is vulnerable to security breaches and misuse. Any breach disclosing this data can result in significant financial penalties as well as in serious damage to a company’s public image and brand. The rules directed to protecting customer or employee data, however, are complex and vary by industry as well as by jurisdiction. To further complicate matters, companies that do business online or outside of the U.S. are governed by still more rules and regulations, and Congress and state legislatures continue to debate additional requirements for data use and security.

We work with our clients regarding the privacy of their data to make sure they’re aware of, and in compliance with, the extensive and changing federal, state and foreign privacy and data use and security requirements. For example, we prepare and revise Internet, user and customer privacy policies; counsel clients regarding industry-specific privacy requirements; and assist clients addressing customer and other privacy complaints or data breaches. We advise clients regarding company policies and procedures for compliance with state data breach and notice laws. We draft terms-of-use agreements and other warnings and contracts to protect and limit the use of data made available to customers and users. We also prepare data licensing agreements and other licenses and contracts relating to data use.

We have advised on and litigated traditional privacy claims such as claims to false light, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, and the right of publicity. We have also litigated data hacking and misuse cases.

Publications

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns

Missouri passes data center incentive legislation

Blog Posts

Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

Is breach mitigation the next wave of cybersecurity regulation?

Swiss join the EU in reaching data transfer accord with the U.S.

Home Depot directors prevail in cybersecurity liability claim

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

D.C. Court of Appeals checks, then balances CFPB’s power

How to combat the risks of impersonation emails, imitative domains

When smart goes bad: Why internet security does not just refer to computers

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

Don’t doubt the data breach: Massive Yahoo hack reminds us it’s not if, but when

TCLE

Ethics and Cybersecurity

Mobile Medical Apps and FDA’s New Cybersecurity Guidance: It’s a New World

Prevent the Cloud from Putting Your Health Data at Risk

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

National Policy Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Workplace Privacy

Buzz, Cookies, Targeting: A Business Guide to Rapidly Expanding Data Privacy Laws

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