Wiggin and Dana Announces New Privacy and Information Security Practice

September 29, 2010

– Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce the launch of its Privacy and Information Security Practice, which integrates the extensive privacy work that the firm has been performing for several years across a broad range of disciplines.

The Privacy and Information Security Practice includes a team of attorneys from multiple practice areas, including: Technology and Outsourcing; Litigation; Health Care; Franchise; Antitrust and Consumer Protection; Insurance; and White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Corporate Compliance. The group represents a broad range of clients, including insurance companies, outsourcing and technology service providers, consulting firms, financial service companies, financial managers, franchisors, utility companies, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other health care providers, educational institutions, and small businesses.

"We live in an age when a breach of information security can produce disastrous results. Our attorneys have been counseling clients in this area for years, so we thought it made sense to put together a practice group that can offer its collective wisdom and experience when dealing with these complex, time-sensitive issues," comments Bob Benjamin, Chair of the Firm's Executive Committee.

Members of the Privacy and Information Security Practice help clients address data privacy and security issues in outsourcing and other contractual relationships to minimize legal risk. Attorneys in the practice also assist clients with investigations into data breach incidents, including responding to inquiries from government agencies and handling resulting litigation. Additionally, the practice is often called on to assist clients from a variety of industries with drafting and implementing policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with state and federal privacy and data security laws, such as Gramm-Leach Bliley, FTC Red Flags Rule, HIPAA, FERPA, and state data privacy and breach notification laws.