This article is the first in a series of three to discuss the importance of, and recent developments affecting, privacy and data security, and the issues corporate counsel need to consider in these areas.
Long gone are the days when privacy and data security issues were the responsibility of an organization’s information technology department. In fact, many companies now have internal working groups and task forces to tackle these issues. These groups include representatives from IT, human resources, finance, marketing, sales and, of course, legal. While all participants play an important role in these initiatives, it is often the lawyer’s role to keep abreast of, and counsel clients on, the laws and developments affecting these areas. Even seasoned privacy lawyers that have mastered the laws applicable to their specific industries need to follow developments in these areas, as technology continues to change and data collection, use and storage capabilities, such as the cloud, evolve.