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Privacy & Data Security

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides clients with advice on a broad range of privacy, data protection and data security issues. We are a cross-border and interdisciplinary team of lawyers who offer regulatory counseling in both the United States and Europe, defend clients in government enforcement actions, litigate privacy-related class actions and other matters and handle financial services transactions where data protection and security matters arise. We assist clients in navigating issues under U.S. law, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, state statutes on unfair trade practices, data security and duties to disclose security breaches, as well as the common law rights of privacy and publicity. In Europe, we advise on the EU Data Protection Directive and national implementing legislation, including the U.K. Data Protection Act, the U.K. Human Rights Act and the U.K. Financial Services Authority Handbook.

Our clients include firms in the financial services, telecommunications, media, entertainment and sports, Internet, publishing, consumer goods, technology and consulting sectors. We work with them to develop and implement appropriate data security policies and compliance procedures, as well as privacy policies and website terms of service. We counsel clients on best practices for prevention of data breaches and assist them with post-breach remediation, including public notices and regulatory responses. We also advise clients on the legal limits applicable to data use, transfer (including cross-border) and mining. We have in-depth experience with internal investigations regarding security events and data thefts, and we have represented clients in class actions, government investigations and other litigation arising out of privacy technology issues. When conducting a cross-border internal investigation, we have particular experience in establishing effective, workable methodologies that overcome potentially debilitating restrictions on sharing results from internal compliance investigations with public authorities in conformity with data protection laws of EU member states, in particular in Germany and the United Kingdom. We also have substantial experience with complex disputes that involve emerging technologies and trigger simultaneous private litigation, governmental inquiries and internal reviews.

Key Contact(s):
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Partner, Washington, D.C. T: +1 202 383 8043
F: +1 202 383 8118
Jeremy Feigelson
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6230
F: +1 212 521 7230
Sean Hecker
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6052
F: +1 212 521 8852
Jeremy G. Hill
Partner, London T: +44 20 7786 9140
F: +44 20 7588 4180
James E. Johnson
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6646
F: +1 212 521 7646
Satish M. Kini
Partner, Washington, D.C. T: +1 202 383 8190
Dr. Thomas Schürrle
Partner, Frankfurt T: +49 69 2097 5000
F: +49 69 2097 5555
Karolos Seeger
Partner, London T: +44 20 7786 9042
F: +44 20 7588 4180
Colby A. Smith
Partner, Washington, D.C. T: +1 202 383 8095
F: +1 202 383 9224
T: +1 212 909 6893
Jim Pastore
Counsel, New York T: +1 212 909 6793
F: +1 212 521 7973


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