Our Privacy and Cybersecurity Team provides practical and comprehensive counseling and litigation solutions to address the privacy and data security concerns and compliance issues that companies must grapple with today. In light of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which affects many companies in and outside of California, we help companies fulfill data disclosure,  handling, and protection requirements, create critical data breach mitigation strategies and pre-incident response plans, and comply with applicable state and federal laws governing data breach incidents.

Data Breach Strategy and Response

In the event of a suspected or actual data security breach, we provide companies with strategic advice and counsel not just to comply with applicable legal requirements, but to help protect their finances and business reputations to the extent possible despite any such incident. We assist companies on all aspects of their responses to incidents, including securing any available insurance coverage, coordinating the forensic investigation, evaluating what notices are required or prudent, assisting with the preparation and sending of notices, and addressing any related potential liability issues and/or litigation.

CCPA Compliance and Litigation

Farella’s CCPA litigation team helps our clients comply with the requirements of the Act and other data privacy legislation, and are prepared to deal with any litigation arising under such laws. In the event of a suspected or actual data security breach, we provide companies with strategic advice not just to comply with applicable legal requirements, but to help protect their finances and business reputations in the short and long term. Our comprehensive approach includes securing available insurance coverage(s), coordinating forensic investigations, evaluating and effectuating all required (or otherwise prudent) notices, and addressing any related potential liability issues and litigation.

Our Multi-Practice Team Provides:

  • Privacy attorneys that review and draft privacy and information security policies, and assist with communication and implementation strategies, including training regarding maintaining reasonable security procedures and practices.
  • Insurance recovery attorneys and an insurance risk management consultant who advise clients on the placement of cyber insurance policies, draft captive insurance “Tech E&O” and stand-alone cyber insurance policies, and work with our clients’ insurance brokers in negotiating the broadest possible coverage in the purchase or renewal of their cyber insurance policies, as well as traditional insurance that may apply to cyber and “Internet of Things” risks (e.g., property, general liability, errors and omissions liability, and directors and officers liability). We handle insurance claims arising out of alleged data breaches, security incidents and privacy violations.
  • White collar defense and government investigations attorneys who help clients handle government reporting and inquiries following a breach, including in some cases, investigation of the incident by government authorities. We also help guide clients through any follow-on enforcement scrutiny and litigation that may focus on the client’s breach response.
  • Intellectual property and technology litigators who have deep familiarity with the latest cloud computing and security/encryption technologies, and have litigated numerous patent cases involving these technologies. Our attorneys also have significant experience handling the types of copyright and trade secret issues that can follow a data breach, and are a valuable resource in the midst of a cybersecurity crisis that can threaten our clients’ businesses and brands.
  • Class action litigators who have tried cases across the nation and will vigorously defend clients when data breaches, and/or other alleged violations under privacy laws, result in private litigation. We are well positioned to take on major class actions and multidistrict litigation, which often follow high profile data breaches or other unauthorized disclosures of personal information.

Firm Highlights

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Arbitration Agreements in Privacy Disputes: The Wyze Decision and the CCPA

Earlier this year, a number of individuals brought a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Washington-based company Wyze Labs, Inc (Wyze), which manufactures “smart” home cameras...

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PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect...

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Electric Fence: Protecting Proprietary Rights in Collected Energy Data

Like companies in other industries, a growing number of modern energy-related companies are focusing their efforts on data collection and analysis. For example, Enphase – an energy technology company – regularly tracks data about how...

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Undergoing Bankruptcy Proceedings? Here’s How to Make Sure PII Maintains Its Value

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some businesses are considering potential liquidation or restructuring through bankruptcy. Companies in this situation should keep privacy concerns in mind, because the handling of personal data in bankruptcy proceedings...

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Top 10 Practical Business Implications Arising From the Passage of the CPRA

California’s Proposition 24 passed as expected, and the new California Privacy Rights Act will change the privacy landscape created by the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which went into effect only months ago. While...

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Privacy During Bankruptcy Proceedings: Why It Matters

During these particularly trying times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes have been concerned about the future. As a result, considering potential liquidation or restructuring through bankruptcy is inevitably starting to...

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The CCPA and Nonprofits_ Privacy and IP Hot Topics

Sushila Chanana and Nate Garhart discuss "The CCPA and Nonprofits: Privacy and IP Hot Topics." The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) went into effect on January 1, 2020, and while the CCPA does not expressly...

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How to Guard Against 3 Cannabis Cyber Attack Risks

Cyber attacks are now commonplace. Ransomware attacks, in particular, have skyrocketed in frequency and size. High-profile data breaches have cost businesses in the United States millions of dollars in losses and incalculable reputational harm...

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Proposition 24: California’s Ever-Evolving Privacy Landscape

Next Tuesday is election day, and this year, California voters are deciding whether to support another statewide privacy initiative – the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) (Proposition 24).  This measure would expand on the...

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Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry

Farella's Shanti Eagle (moderator), Nate Garhart and Tyler Gerking, along with guest speakers Javier Gonzalez and Michael Peters from PL Risk Advisors, discuss "Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry." Cannabis businesses have cyber security...

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