In today's data-driven economy, companies store and process more digital information than ever before. Though the advantages of high-speed information processing are numerous, data breaches at some of the world’s largest companies prove that failure to protect sensitive information can lead to significant financial and reputational damage. Companies both large and small, public and private, must take proactive measures to safeguard sensitive information.
Hirschler Fleischer's multidisciplinary Data Privacy and Security Practice Group advises clients on the evolving laws and industry standards that regulate collection, use and disclosure of personal data. We provide practical guidance on the development of formal data protection policies related to employee and customer data, digital assets, social media and IT usage. Members of our group also advise clients on their insurance programs, helping to ensure adequate coverage in the event of a breach. Our privacy and data security lawyers advise clients in a wide range of industries, including:
- Consumer goods
- Data services/technology
- Enterprise risk
- Financial services
- Health care
- Higher education
- Professional services
Among the questions we help clients answer:
- Are your data protection policies and procedures adequate?
- Do you have data protection obligations or potential liability by virtue of your contracts?
- Do you have procedures in place to assess and monitor vendors?
- What actions should you take now to minimize the risk of a breach and limit liability if a breach occurs?
- Does your business maintain adequate insurance for data breaches?
- How can you demonstrate to customers that you care about privacy and data security?
Key Service Areas
In addition to performing baseline assessments of privacy and security policies, Hirschler Fleischer’s Data Privacy and Security Practice Group routinely advises clients on compliance with state and federal data protection laws and related issues, including:
- Cyber insurance coverage
- Data breach response
- Data privacy and security provisions for vendor contracts
- Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Privacy notices
- Website terms and conditions, social media policies and IT usage policies
- Workplace privacy and data security