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Privacy, e-Communication and Data Security

Accessing, maintaining, safeguarding and exchanging personal, consumer and business information fosters both unlimited possibilities and new risks and vulnerabilities for organizations across the globe.


Jackson Lewis’ interdisciplinary Privacy, e-Communication and Data Security Group, comprised of experienced attorneys many of whom are “Certified Information Privacy Professionals” (CIPP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, stays on the edge of legal developments affecting our clients’ workplace, business and marketing risks—and opportunities—in the digital age.

We fully appreciate the value and sensitivity of data and we take a holistic, value-add approach in advising clients, regularly coordinating with other subject matter experts, such as information technology vendors, to provide practical advice and preventive strategies that address the range of potential issues relating to privacy, e-communication and data security.

The group has three primary areas of focus. For each, we provide clients with preventive strategies and compliance advice, including policy development and training, and represent them in related administrative enforcement actions and litigation, including class actions.

24/7 Data Incident Response Team

Has an electronic device (laptop, smartphone, thumb drive, etc.) been lost or stolen? Are you locked out of your data because of ransomware? Have company records or data been improperly accessed? Has an employee been a victim of a phishing attack requesting tax records? Are your businesses’ electronic systems corrupted or under attack? Has something like this happened to one of your third-party service providers? Are you uncertain what to do now to respond to a potential data breach?

Our team has experienced, data breach response attorneys available to assist organizations that have encountered a data incident, ransomware attack, or potential data breach.

We are available 24/7 at 844-544-5296 or
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Data Security

Reviewing and developing enterprise-wide strategies for safeguarding data and maintaining compliance, including data breach response.

  • Cybersecurity Assessments
  • Written Information Security Program Development
  • BYOD and Device Management
  • Cybersecurity, Ransomware Breach Preparedness, Response and Litigation
  • Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Programs for Executives and Employees
  • Vendor Management and Data Security Agreement Drafting and Negotiation
  • Government Contractor Compliance
  • Strategy Development for Going Paperless and Cloud Computing
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Maximizing the effectiveness and efficiencies of electronic communications (e.g., social media, BYOD, telemarketing) while avoiding legal, contractual and ethical pitfalls.

  • Social Media and Other Online Communications
  • e-Communication Policy and Procedure Development
  • e-Application and Onboarding Program Design and Implementation
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act Compliance and Litigation
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
  • SEC and FINRA e-Communication Monitoring and Recordkeeping Compliance
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Achieving a balance between an entity’s need for use or disclosure of personal or confidential information with an individual’s or entity’s privacy rights and interests in an era of big data and high-powered analytics.

  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Monitoring and Surveillance of Customers, Employees and Others
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance for Providers, Plans and Business Associates
  • International/Cross Border Data Privacy Compliance
  • Records Access Management
  • Leave of Absence Management
  • Background Checks, Workplace Searches and Investigations
  • Strategies for Exchanges of Data in Mergers and Acquisitions
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Cybersecurity Risk Management for Law Firms Webinar Series

April 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Cybersecurity Risk Management for Law Firms - Webinar Series

April 5, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
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Pay Equity is “Comp”licated: New Laws, New Reporting, & How to Protect your Organization

April 27, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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May 14, 2017

Ransomware Attacks: Prevention and Preparedness

May 14, 2017

Several years ago, cyber criminals developed a profitable form of malware, now known as ransomware. A “ransomware” attack occurs when a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts its data, preventing the owner from accessing it unless the victim pays a sum of money, usually in the form of bitcoins. The FBI... Read More

May 4, 2017

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Spring 2017

May 4, 2017

In this issue: Data Security Safeguards. When ERISA was enacted in 1974, it was not known the extent to which technology would allow us to maintain and transmit employee benefit plan data electronically. Learn how today’s technology and the changing data privacy rules affect employee benefit plans and... Read More

April 27, 2017

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

April 27, 2017

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the Trump Administration’s labor and employment policy positions. Even as significant changes in federal policies are... Read More

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June 22, 2017
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Joseph Lazzarotti Discusses Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions Team Up for Strategic Alliance

June 22, 2017

Joseph Lazzarotti discusses the partnership between Merchants’ SmartIDentity for Business platform and Jackson Lewis' cybersecurity counsel as a focus on an enterprise-wide breach response in "Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions Team Up for Cybersecurity Alliance," published by Legaltech News.' Read More

June 22, 2017
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Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions' Strategic Alliance Spotlighted

June 22, 2017

Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions' recently announced strategic alliance is spotlighted in "Wake Up Call: Cravath Tops Law Firms on ‘Prestige’ Ranking," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 21, 2017
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Joseph Lazzarotti Comments on Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions Enter into an Alliance for Businesses that Suffer from Data Incidents

June 21, 2017

Joseph Lazzarotti comments on Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions entering into an agreement to pair their services for businesses that suffer data breaches in "Jackson Lewis Teams Up With Data Breach Management Firm," published by Bloomberg Big Law Business. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

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Strengthening Data Security Through Human Resources and Information Technology Teamwork
June 20, 2017

Human Resources (“HR”) and information technology (“IT”) departments play unique and important roles within an organization. Read More

Lyft Drivers Allege Uber Spied on them for Competitive Edge
June 5, 2017

Co-author: Devin Rauchwerger  A former Lyft driver filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Uber, alleging Uber violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the California Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”), and other common law invasions of privacy and unfair competition.  The plaintiff se Read More

Retailer Successfully Defends Text Messaging TCPA Claim
May 25, 2017

Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Blow v. Bijora upheld a lower court decision rejecting a plaintiff’s claim that she did not consent to receive text messages from the defendant retailer. Read More