Overview

In today's interconnected world, maintaining the privacy and integrity of personal data is not only a legal responsibility, it's a business imperative. Maintaining the efficient, reliable and competitively successful use of business data in today's globally connected economy while complying with the growing thicket of privacy and data security laws can and should be complementary goals.

Thompson Hine's nationally recognized Privacy & Cybersecurity practice offers clients an interdisciplinary group of lawyers with experience in complex national and international issues of privacy, data protection, information security, records retention, employment and labor law, consumer protection, internet law, insurance law and intellectual property matters. Our practice is designed to help you develop, implement and benefit from globally compliant data-management practices.

We provide strategic counseling, regulatory compliance and litigation services to clients in a wide range of industries, with a keen eye on business information needs. Our team, which includes Certified Privacy Professionals, assists numerous companies in developing and implementing their global privacy and data protection programs and strengthening their strategic use of competitively critical data. We also advise on structuring cyber insurance programs and on insurance recovery for cyber-related claims.

Experience
Representative Experience
  • Assisting clients in developing, implementing, managing, and monitoring enterprise-wide, global privacy and data security policies, programs and protocols. 
  • Counseling on compliance with the full range of state, national and international laws and regulations including the European Union Privacy Directive, HIPAA, FCRA, FACTA, ECPA and others. 
  • Advising on the trans-border transfer of sensitive personal data, including data transfers from and to European Union operations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, human resource operations, IT systems and other contexts. 
  • Assisting global companies with certification under the Department of Commerce Safe Harbor program. 
  • Advising companies that sponsor group health plans, insurers, health care providers and business associates on their respective obligations under HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements. 
  • Assisting companies in responding to data breaches. 
  • Representing companies in litigation growing out of data security incidents and cybercrimes. 
  • Reviewing, developing and advising on the processing of patient and health care data, drafting patient consent forms and non-disclosures for the life science industry. 
  • Assisting with designing, implementing and managing marketing and advertising preferences, and compliance with Do-Not-Call, Do-Not-Fax, TCPA, CAN SPAM, COPPA and state laws and regulations. 
  • Creating web site, extranet and computer network policies, including privacy policies and terms of use. 
  • Counseling companies on maintaining and operating legal compliance programs, including confidential whistleblower mechanisms, in the face of conflicting global privacy laws. 
  • Litigating federal and state privacy and internet matters. 
  • Consulting on global workplace privacy and employee-monitoring concerns. 
  • Providing contract solutions for outsourcing relationships. 
  • Counseling on records retention and data destruction plans. 
  • Engaging in, responding to and managing electronic discovery. 
  • Consulting on e-commerce and internet contest issues. 
  • Advising on how to deal with unfair competition and consumer protection concerns. 
  • Responding to trademark and copyright infringement, including cybersquatting and counterfeiting. 
  • Registering and protecting domain names.