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Gretchen A. Ramos is Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and focuses her practice on privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. A creative problem-solver with a long track record of success in commercial disputes, she never loses sight of the simple fact that she works in a service industry. Clients appreciate not only her legal skills, but also her direct, no-nonsense approach to client service, including her bullet-pointed emails, snapshot executive summaries, and creativity in finding ways to streamline communications for in-house counsel with dozens of other projects—and little time—on their hands.

Gretchen’s clients come from diverse industries, including technology (SaaS), health care and life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, academic institutions, and non-profits. She provides clients with practical business advice on compliance with state and federal U.S. laws, GDPR, APEC, and other global privacy laws in relation to their external and internal privacy and security procedures, product and app development, and advertising practices. Gretchen also regularly drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors, assists clients in assessing privacy risks in corporate transactions, and provides guidance on and conducts privacy and security assessments. She has managed dozens of data breaches, and helps clients prepare for and immediately respond to security incidents and breaches.

On March 2, 2021, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) into law, making Virginia the second state to have comprehensive data privacy legislation on the books. The CDPA is similar to the privacy regime enacted under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and expanded under the California Privacy Rights

In late January, California’s Attorney General (AG) tweeted about the use of the new Global Privacy Control (GPC), informing California consumers that on certain browsers they can use GPC as a “stop selling my data switch” to exercise their right to opt out of the sale of their personal information (PI) in one step –

  1. EEA Cross-Border Transfers. The U.S. and the EU will work towards, and hopefully reach, a cross-border data transfer solution.
  2. Ransomware. More ransomware attacks and increased regulatory scrutiny of companies that pay ransom demands.
  3. Digital Advertising. Development of alternate marketing strategies, and perhaps more reliance on consumer opt-in, as privacy laws further erode traditional tracking

On December 10, 2020, the California Attorney General (AG) released the Fourth Set of Proposed Modifications to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) Regulations, styled as “Modifications to Proposed Modifications.” The Fourth Set comes shortly after the comment period for the Third Set of Proposed Modifications closed on Oct. 28.  Per the AG’s Notice

One week into the final month of what has been a memorable 2020, maintaining an organization’s privacy hygiene is more pressing than ever – and includes new requirements.

From privacy policy updates mandated by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), to all businesses needing to stay current and non-deceptive in their public disclosures in relation

On Nov. 17, 2020, the Canadian government introduced the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 (DCIA, or Bill C-11), a much-anticipated bill aimed at overhauling the country’s comprehensive private sector data privacy legal regime. As introduced by Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, the DCIA would establish a new privacy law

On 12 November 2020 the Commission of the European Union (EU) published two draft implementing decisions – one containing a draft new set of standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data from the EU to third countries (the Cross-Border SCCs), and one containing a draft of new standard contractual clauses for certain clauses in

* Please note, post publication the EDPB extended the deadline for public comments on the Supplementary Transfer Measures Recommendations to Dec 21, 2020.

On Nov. 11, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published Supplementary Transfer Measures Recommendations and Surveillance Recommendations.

Click here to read the full GT Alert, “EDPB Guidance on Supplementary Transfer

With 72% of the vote in, 56.1% of Californians have voted in favor of Proposition 24, making it likely that the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA) will pass. The CPRA – a ballot initiative – will usher in material amendments to the existing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Proponents have argued that the

Notwithstanding a two-month-long pandemic shutdown, a wave of new legislation has flooded the halls of the California legislature, including four discreet privacy-related bills, each with different objectives and consequences. Upon the closing of the signature period, Gov. Newsom signed only two of the bills into law, vetoing the other two.

Read the full GT Alert,