Privacy and data security issues impact every industry and all aspects of a company's operations. Through the increased use of technology, businesses collect vast amounts of personally identifiable information from their customers and their employees. In spite of a company’s perceived best efforts, attacks on its information systems can result in data breaches, identity theft, intellectual property and trade secret theft, and other detrimental or criminal activities. As the law struggles to catch up with ever changing technology, a patchwork of statutes and regulations restricts the way data assets can be used and regulates their protection. Understanding this ever-changing landscape is critical for companies to maximize the benefits of data assets without running afoul of the applicable regulatory scheme. Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys work with clients to develop individualized privacy, security and data protection policies and "best practices" to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and rules. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to ensure our clients respond appropriately and in a cost effective manner to any data breach event. If necessary, our attorneys can provide guidance for crisis management and litigation strategies.
Smith Moore Leatherwood offers a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers with a thorough understanding of the substantive areas and industries that underlay issues facing our clients, including Intellectual Property; Technology; Transportation; Health Care; Real Estate; Employment, Labor & Human Resources; Corporate and Securities; and Litigation. We leverage our industry experience to provide tailored and practical advice on data privacy requirements, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule; the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Privacy Rule; the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA).
In addition, our attorneys advise our clients on implementation and enforcement of privacy and security policies in transactions and agreements with vendors, business partners and other third parties, as well as help clients navigate complex issues regarding e-discovery issues and employee surveillance in the workplace. As businesses increasingly move into internet based and digitized markets, we counsel them about new and continuing online privacy, security and consumer protection issues and litigate related compliance issues.