Data Security andPrivacy

“We’ve had a data breach.” Few phrases strike more confusion and concern into the hearts of business owners. From the possibility of losing critical information and trade secrets to the compromise of customer information and the need to spring into remedial action, the costs in terms of time, money and trust are high.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the question isn’t whether any given business will experience a cybersecurity breach but when–and how to avoid catastrophic legal and PR implications and impact.

Our Data Security and Privacy team works with clients and their cybersecurity providers on best practices to keep our clients prepared, equipped for risk management and out of the headlines. With decades of industry, in-house and international experience, we bring a deep understanding of technology and evolving data and cybersecurity laws to our counsel, which includes:

  • Compliance planning and policy development
  • Government regulations and legislation
  • Security and compliance audits and assessments
  • Preparedness planning
  • Supply chain contract review and counsel on cybersecurity commitments
  • Employee education and training
  • Crisis response

Regardless of size, sector or the role technology plays in your operations, a cybersecurity plan is an essential cost of doing business. This is especially important for small and mid-sized companies that can be more vulnerable to breaches and threats while operating with fewer resources. And although compliance need not drive business, it is critical to ensure that business operations are shored up against threat, policies are in place to govern internal and external privacy and security commitments, and contracts with your customers and providers are crafted to provide optimal assistance and assurances in the event of a security threat.

In addition, the greatest threat to the security and privacy of your data isn’t technological at all–it’s behavioral. From securing devices and ensuring regular system-wide software upgrades and hardware checks to recognizing spoofed messages and phishing attempts, the greatest threat to data security is the human errors that any individual team member can make. Clients rely on us to identify the right combination of policies, procedures and training to help them safeguard information and avoid costly legal and business fees tied to cybersecurity incidents.

The bottom line is this: No business can afford the luxury of hoping that an incident won’t occur. Every business must prepare itself as well as possible to respond to those incidents. And while the right technological protection matters, so does legal counsel designed to help you manage security events as swiftly and seamlessly as possible–with minimal impact on business operations, relationships and finances.

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Senators Ask FTC To Review Twitter Security

November 22nd, 2022

Alleging that the recent Twitter shake-up / melt-down may be diminishing security and allowing disinformation to flourish, a group of…

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$390M Settlement for Google’s Misleading Location Tracking Practices

November 17th, 2022

Google will pay nearly four hundred million dollars to settle outstanding claims with forty state Attorneys General, and must revise its…

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FTC Penalizes CEO for Company Data Breach

November 15th, 2022

After repeated data breaches that exposed consumer information, the CEO of Drizly is being held personally accountable for the latest…

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Proposed Implementing Regs for Colorado Privacy Law Would Impose Consent Requirement

November 10th, 2022

Colorado is set to be one of five states with a data protection law in place in 2023. Most have followed the lead set by California,…

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First Biometric Privacy Verdict in Illinois Exceeds $200M

November 8th, 2022

Employers who have personnel in Illinois have been hard hit with class actions in the last few years under the state’s biometric data…

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FTC Fine Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Twitter

October 27th, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission fined Twitter $150 million for privacy violations earlier this year in connection with its finding that…

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Biometric Data Privacy Claims Ramp Up

October 25th, 2022

Although it has not attracted as much attention as Illinois’ biometric privacy law (BIPA), Texas has a data privacy law covering…

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Alison Ballard Moderating Panel at The Corporate Intellectual Property Institute® — GIPA Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance® Annual Meeting

October 13th, 2022

Taylor English partner Alison Ballard will be moderating a panel at The Corporate Intellectual Property Institute® (CIPI) — GIPA Georgia…

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Data Transfer Pact Between EU and US Has a Framework

October 11th, 2022

In a long-awaited development, the US and EU have reached some accord on the “adequacy” of data protection that could allow EU data to…

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Denmark Rules Against Use of Google Analytics

October 6th, 2022

Following similar decisions in three other countries, the Danish data regulator in September ruled against the use of Google Analytics…

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California Passes Stringent Kids’ Privacy Rules

September 27th, 2022

Continuing its push as the nation’s first-mover on privacy, California has passed a bill that will require potentially significant new…

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Student Data at Risk in School Hacks

September 22nd, 2022

Schools have been a favored target of hackers for many years, in part because they do not always have the same kind of security resources…

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HR Data to Be Regulated Under California Privacy Laws in 2023

September 16th, 2022

HR departments and in-house legal teams should be aware that a change is coming to US privacy laws in 2023 that may affect their employee…

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Federal Privacy Bill Stalls Again

September 13th, 2022

Congress started the summer with an apparently strong desire to pass national consumer privacy legislation, and came out of the gate with…

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HR and B2B Data Subject to California Privacy Law As of 1/1/2023

September 8th, 2022

Privacy practitioners have been waiting to hear whether California would extend business-friendly privacy exemptions for HR and B2B data…

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Cybersecurity: The Cost of Doing Business

August 26th, 2022

I recently participated in a panel discussion on Cybersecurity: The Cost of Doing Business alongside Mike Shrubb (Sterling Seacrest…

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Trade in Medical Location Data May Be “Unfair Practice”

August 25th, 2022

The fall-out from the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June has only just started, but it promises to bring changes to the private…

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Canada and India: The Next Privacy Frontiers

August 23rd, 2022

Both Canada and India are working on proposed national privacy law upgrades that would bring their country-wide frameworks closer to that…

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Fifty-Six Taylor English Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America

August 18th, 2022

ATLANTA, August 18, 2022 – Taylor English Duma is pleased to announce that 56 attorneys were recognized in 42 practice areas in the 2023…

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Lack of Cyber Security Controls for Financial Firms May Be an Unfair Business Practice

August 16th, 2022

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is jumping on board with the FTC and state attorney general precedent to regulate data…

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New EU Office to Open in … Silicon Valley?

August 11th, 2022

A prominent EU regulator and career diplomat is being stationed in Silicon Valley as two major new tech regulations take effect in the…

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Children’s Privacy Remains a Congressional Focus

August 4th, 2022

The US Senate has voted two children’s privacy-related bills out of committee and set them up for a floor vote. These bills would make…

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California Objecting to Proposed Federal Privacy Bill

August 2nd, 2022

In addition to two children’s privacy laws being debated by Congress this summer, a serious effort is underway to bring a national…

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Ring Video Doorbell Evidence Shared with Police Without User Consent

July 26th, 2022

In one of many examples of everyday privacy issues that seem to be rising to the top of consumer and lawmaker concerns, Ring doorbells…

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Malware Threats Using Google, Microsoft as Vectors

July 21st, 2022

Mainstream reporting on data breaches and cybersecurity tends to focus on large-scale, high-profile attacks against global brands. Those,…

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FTC Warns that False Claims of Using “Anonymized” or “Aggregated” Data may Constitute Unfair Federal Trade Practices

July 19th, 2022

The FTC came out swinging on data matters in mid-July. The federal trade regulator and consumer protection body has announced, pointedly,…

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FTC Will “Vigorously” Enforce Existing Laws to Protect “Sensitive” Consumer Data

July 14th, 2022

In the wake of the Dobbs decision reversing Roe v. Wade, regulators at the FTC have posted a blog entry listing the many privacy-related…

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EU Set to Regulate Big Tech and Some Data Practices

July 12th, 2022

The EU in early July passed a landmark set of bills that will require certain interoperability among messaging systems and prohibit…

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Stalemate on EU to US Transfer of Data Threatens to Shut Down Major Social Media Services

July 12th, 2022

Since a negotiated framework to protect EU data was overturned by the EU high court in 2020, companies on both sides of the Pond have…

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Google to Delete Medical Provider Location Data Following SCOTUS’ Dobbs Decision

July 7th, 2022

Google has introduced a new policy of deleting location-based data tied to sensitive medical and other care facilities — including…

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