“Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”

– Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

Regardless of the industry or size of your business, chances are that it collects information concerning its customers, employees, associates or competitors. And this information probably is stored somewhere for a variety of reasons and uses. Laws and regulations governing the collection and handling of this data abound, yet when it comes to being compliant, one size does not fit all. Our role is to help businesses navigate the murky waters of privacy laws, consumer protection policies and cybersecurity requirements so they can make data work in their favor, and not against them.

Privacy practice highlights:

No one wins when data usage turns into a liability. We help businesses and government entities understand their legal obligations and existing best practices regarding the gathering, use and disposal of information applicable to their industry and achieve compliance rationally and cost effectively. This includes thorough assessments of current business practices to identify areas of vulnerability and risk; the design of privacy frameworks fitting to your specific industry and business goals; periodic audits to keep your organization compliant; up-to-date counseling on Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines and the implications of its consent decrees; negotiation, drafting and management of your vendor agreements to avoid unintended gaps; evaluation of your marketing campaigns, particularly those involving telemarketing, mass-emailings and children.
Do you need to import data covered by the EU Directive on Data Protection? Let us guide you through this process now that the US-EU Safe Harbor certification process has run amok. We can help you stay in line with existing legal principles at all times.
Don’t let cyber-related incidents catch you off-guard. We could help you understand your legal obligations regarding data breach notification requirements, and design an effective mechanism to address potential data breaches within your organization.
Litigation involving privacy issues generally call for application of First Amendment principles that may not be readily apparent on the surface of a claim. We have extensive experience litigating privacy cases and appeals, including many in which the First Amendment was a core element of the claim or defense.