Our Privacy team helps move your data driven strategies forward by developing right-sized legal solutions that manage global data privacy compliance requirements and risks, to ensure you can leverage data and technology to create innovative new products and services.

Global Compliance Programs and CCPA & GDPR Readiness.  We assist public and emerging companies (e.g., FTSE 100 and Fortune 500) by developing global compliance programs that advance data focused business objectives and growth, while mitigating regulatory and litigation risk.  Clients regularly call on us to provide efficient and business-centric, risk-indexed advice to help them collect and process data related to customers, website visitors, employees and other individuals and use that data to develop new products and services, enhance customer experiences, improve employee performance and retention, share data across borders with business partners and service providers and innovate data driven technologies like AI, autonomous vehicles, and blockchain. 

CCPA Readiness

To help clients get started, we have developed both external and internal tools that help clients conduct readiness and gap assessments that lay the foundation for the development of tailored plans to help move clients towards compliance with the new privacy laws and regulations including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  We partner with internal stakeholders and privacy teams to provide counsel throughout the data life cycle that considers

  • Principles and best practices for organizations’ handling of personal information
  • Specific analysis and interpretation of existing and developing regulatory landscapes and requirements, and their impact for clients
  • Assessment of regulatory, litigation, and related reputational risks
  • Compliance preparation, including data mapping and inventory, vendor management and contracting work flows, gap assessments, and a suite of internal and external privacy and related policies.
  • Developing work products, checklists and training to provide clients with tools that they can use “in-house” to manage and maintain their privacy program

Transactional Expertise.  Commercial transactions and deals regularly involve aspects of data privacy, including the sharing, and often purchase, of critical information and personal data assets. We conduct privacy reviews and deal diligence, and advise on risk mitigation strategies in relation to M&A transactions, as well as vendor agreements (e.g., cloud storage and processing, online advertising) and licensing agreements. We are often called on to advise on preclosing privacy mitigation strategy, particularly where the target-seller’s personal data assets are not subject to appropriate merger clauses.

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