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Getting Prepared for a Decade of Privacy

As we get settled into the reality of living with both CCPA and GDPR, companies are looking for new approaches for keeping their privacy houses in order. CCPA reminds us that there is no end to new legislation: proposals are already coming in from states as varied as NebraskaNew Hampshire and Virginia. Similar legislative trends exist around the globe. How can companies be prepared to address this ever shifting legislative landscape? There are a few essential steps privacy officers can take, including (1) aligning the privacy team’s efforts with the underlying corporate mission, (2) having a clear understanding of both the company’s data and its use practices, and (3) having infrastructure in place that will allow for updates to notices and rights.

Privacy teams that have aligned their efforts with the company’s underlying mission will have an easier time getting buy-in from fellow employees. They will likely also find leadership support much easier. Those who have a clear understanding of their data assets and use practices will find making updates to notices -to the extent legal notice requirements change- a much more achievable exercise. Finally, given all the changes to privacy laws that are being contemplated by states and around the globe, having mechanisms in place to implement new practices will prove crucial.

Putting it Into Practice: If past history is any indication, privacy laws and enforcement priorities will be shifting over the coming decade. Privacy teams may want to take a different approach to prepare for change.

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Liisa Thomas, Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, Chicago, Cybersecurity Law Attorney
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Liisa Thomas, a partner based in the firm’s Chicago and London offices, is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Her clients rely on her ability to create clarity in a sea of confusing legal requirements and describe her as “extremely responsive, while providing thoughtful legal analysis combined with real world practical advice.” Liisa is the author of the definitive treatise on data breach, Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification, which has been described as “a no-nonsense roadmap for in-house and...

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