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Mr. Schildknecht is an associate in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. His cybersecurity practice focuses on regulatory compliance, incident response and transaction risk assessments. [Full Bio]

The Davis Polk Cyber Blog has won a LexBlog Excellence Award for Exemplary Writing on Legal Blogs as the first runner-up in the category of Best Commentary/Advice for Legal Professionals.  The winning post can be read here and discusses the private right of action for inadequate cybersecurity under the California
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Both the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) require companies to respond to customer data access requests.  But how do you know that the person making the request is actually who they say they are?  As we have previously noted on this blog,
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We have written several times here over the last few years about data minimization being an important part of an effective cybersecurity program.  For most companies, the total amount of data that they control grows substantially each year, and more data generally creates more data protection risks.  Companies that have
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We have previously written about legal risks companies will face from the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020.  In short, companies can be subject to consumer class actions alleging statutory damages for mishandled data—and a key defense to those suits will be
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By now, most major U.S. companies are generally aware of the new privacy requirements that will be imposed by the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020, including data access and deletion rights for consumers as well as restrictions on selling personal information. 
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Avi Gesser co-authored an article with Davis Polk associates Matthew Kelly, Will Schildknecht, and Anna Marienko that was published in the New York Law Journal on May 31, 2019, and that discusses the competing interests of cybersecurity and employee privacy that employers must balance when implementing reasonable cybersecurity measures.  The
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As we highlighted in our predictions for 2019, the proliferation of leaked personal information online provides an increasingly valuable resource for threat actors to use in cyber attacks. So far in 2019, billions of records have been leaked, creating significant additional cybersecurity risks for companies. To help understand this
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We recently wrote about companies monitoring employees to reduce cybersecurity risks. Those insider threat risks do not end when employees leave the company. Sensitive company data in the hands of a disgruntled former employee is obviously a potential risk, but so is unauthorized access to confidential company information by a
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2018 was another busy year for lawyers in the privacy/cybersecurity world – GDPR, CCPA, Marriott, New York Department of Financial Service’s cybersecurity rule deadlines, increased SEC enforcement, more data breach lawsuits, more companies doing table top exercises and risk assessments, etc. But 2019 is looking to be even busier. Below
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Momentum is building for federal privacy legislation, with several different proposals circulating in Washington.  Ohio’s new cybersecurity law offers an interesting approach for incentivizing companies to protect their customers’ personal data.

We have written previously on two competing models for cybersecurity regulation—“standards” versus “rules.”  The standards-based approach, historically
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