As rapid changes in information technology have created an array of new means to collect and use personal information, the risks of abuse of such information have risen exponentially. Legislatures, regulators, and courts, worldwide, have responded with new restrictions on the collection, retention, use, and disclosure of personal information. Arnold & Porter LLP’s Privacy practice assists businesses in a wide range of industries, from e-commerce start-ups to global FORTUNE 100 companies. We help clients understand and meet their obligations with respect to applicable requirements and restrictions.
The goal of Arnold & Porter’s Privacy practice is to aid clients in meeting their compliance obligations while maximizing the potential benefits to them of personal information. We provide legal and strategic counsel not only with respect to applicable laws and regulations but also on the use of emerging technology platforms that can enable a company to meet its privacy and security obligations without sacrificing its ability to compete in a marketplace where personal information has great value. Our Privacy team offers a mix of public- and private-sector experience, enabling us to provide well-informed advice in the areas of e-commerce, software, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, and government collection of data for law enforcement and national security purposes.
Our attorneys have held significant senior government positions, including Legal Adviser at the Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; General Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency; Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Executive Office for National Security at the US Department of Justice; General Counsel for the National Security Agency; and Chief of Major Crimes and Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The experience of these former officials offers clients the benefit of counsel that thoroughly comprehends the objectives and procedures employed by enforcement authorities. Complementing this experience, our colleagues from the Legislative and Public Policy practice work with our Privacy group to help clients anticipate and respond to emerging developments in privacy legislation and regulation.