Privacy Law Practice
Information technology, and the attendant privacy and security issues, has seen rapid growth in recent years. Webster, Chamberlain & Bean's involvement in privacy law dates back more than 40 years, when it was instrumental in drafting the Fair Credit Reporting Act. As one of the oldest law firms in the country representing non-profit organizations, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean has long been at the forefront of protecting the First Amendment rights and privacy of non-profits, including during government investigations or in litigation with third parties.
Today, the firm continues to advise clients on all aspects of privacy and security law issues, including recent laws related to specific technologies, such as the CAN-SPAM Act, the Junk Fax Prevention Act, and Do-Not-Call laws, as well as major federal and state legislation that establishes new privacy rights, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The firm also provides compliance assistance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB), Red Flags Rule, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), other Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations, and state and local laws. The firm monitors and briefs clients regarding privacy legislation and regulations and represents clients before Congress, the Internal Revenue Service and regulatory bodies, including the FTC, HHS and the Federal Election Commission.
The firm assists clients with the development of policies to protect financial, health, tax, donor, employee and other personal or proprietary information. The firm drafts website privacy policies, assists clients when a security breach occurs, and advises clients of the privacy aspects of their fundraising and solicitation programs, including the rental or sale of donor/member mailing lists. The firm has also litigated the rights of clients to prevent the disclosure of information about donors and members, as well as bringing and defending defamation lawsuits.
Privacy issues cut across the legal spectrum and touch virtually every client. To address these needs, the firm taps the wide experience of its attorneys in areas including transactional, litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, communications, tax, election law, and e-commerce.