Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Overview

Data privacy and cybersecurity affects all businesses and industries. To handle this complex area, Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team brings together lawyers from the firm's various practices. This approach allows us to match just the right resources to our clients' specific needs.

Our Services

Our team regularly works with federal and state data privacy and security rules and regulations, including the following:

  • California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and Do-Not-Track laws
  • CANSPAM
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Gramm – Leach – Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA)
  • Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act)
  • FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)
  • FTC's Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)
  • Massachusetts Written Information Security Plan (WISP) requirements
  • State law, including workplace privacy statutes, antispam statutes, AG enforcement actions, and other privacy protection statutes and trends
  • European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive
  • EU Safe Harbor Attestations
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Video Privacy Protection Act

Our lawyers are knowledgeable about data collection technology, including the use of cookies. We also understand the value of collecting and using data for marketing and other strategic purposes.

We are well versed in data breach response, remediation, coordination, and litigation, including investigations by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights and state AGs.

We actively attend and speak at FTC, state AG, and industry-sponsored workshops and programs on data privacy and security developments, cases, trends, and agendas. We track federal and state privacy laws and proposals to keep our team apprised on this rapidly evolving area.

We advise clients in data mapping and development of enterprise-wide privacy and security plans, and compliance with various privacy requirements as well as industry-specific regulations. We are experienced in advising clients on the sharing and transfer of collected data, whether a license arrangement, a sale, or in the bankruptcy context. We regularly structure arrangements with promoters, marketers, website exchanges, health information exchanges, and other third parties for the sharing and care of our clients' customer data.

We advise clients on practices and policies to safeguard data against accidental or deliberate disclosure, including security programs, policies, education, and implementation of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.

We also work with clients to develop website and mobile app privacy policies and terms and conditions of use, and social media policies, practices and procedures.

Our clients include companies in all industries, including: tax-exempt organizations with significant fundraising activities, general audience websites and mobile apps, catalogue and direct marketing companies, companies with a significant offline database of customer information, computer software companies, start-up companies, companies providing remote monitoring of equipment, health care providers, hospitals and patient portal vendors, health information exchanges, utilities, manufacturing, energy, and wireless telecommunications service providers.

Our Team

Robinson+Cole team members author the Data Privacy and Security Insider blog. The blog provides clients with cutting-edge information about various issues relating to data privacy & cybersecurity and showcases our proficiency in this area.

To get more thoughtful and timely discussions of legal news and perspectives on various issues relating to data privacy and cybersecurity, subscribe to the blog at www.dataprivacyandsecurityinsider.com.

    • Experience
      • Represented a leading international cruise line in negotiation of co-branded credit card program relationship, including associated privacy, data security, and other matters.

    • News
      • June 14, 2019

        Kathryn Rattigan Is a Presenter and Panelist at Information Management Conference

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      • June 4, 2019

        Linn Freedman Wins LexBlog's First Readers Choice Award

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      • June 4, 2019

        Kathleen Porter Presents on Vendor Management Compliance at Privacy and Data Security Law Conference

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      • June 3, 2019

        Linn Freedman Presents at Annual Meeting of Greater Boston Chapter of ACFE

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      • May 31, 2019

        Linn Freedman Is Panelist at New England Litigation Technology Professional's "Connect 2019" Conference

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      • May 23, 2019

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents on "Cybersecurity in the Commercial Drone Industry" at Boston Bar Association

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      • May 15, 2019

        Linn Freedman Presents at "SheLeadsTech" Conference

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      • May 7, 2019

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents on Data Privacy and Security in the Cannabis Industry

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      • April 19, 2019

        Linn Freedman Is Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article

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      • April 3, 2019

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Health Data Management Article

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      • April 1, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Receives “Top” Honors in JD Supra’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

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      • March 28, 2019

        Ben Jensen, Kathy Porter and Kathryn Rattigan Present at the 2019 Health Law Symposium

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      • February 13, 2019

        Linn Freedman Participates in Cybersecurity Law Webinar

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      • January 24, 2019

        Linn Freedman Presents During 45th Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium

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      • January 14, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Hosts PLUS Cyber Round Table

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      • January 3, 2019

        Linn Freedman Presents Program on the Importance of Employee Cybersecurity Education

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      • December 5, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners

      • November 27, 2018

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents Program on Cybersecurity in the Commercial Drone Industry

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      • November 14, 2018

        Linn Freedman Profiled in Attorney At Work Article on “Becoming a Top Legal Blogger”

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      • November 6, 2018

        Linn Freedman Among Panelists for BankNewport Forum on Cybersecurity

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      • October 29, 2018

        Linn Freedman Presents on Creating a Culture of Organizational Cybersecurity and Awareness

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      • October 9, 2018

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents LawPracticeCLE Program on Drone Law

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      • October 1, 2018

        Jim Merrifield and Kathryn Rattigan Give Keynote Presentations During InfoGovCon 2018

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      • September 14, 2018

        Jessica Hamilton Presents at 2018 Central Regional Adjusters Conference

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      • August 14, 2018

        Linn Freedman Participates in “Privacy in the Digital Age” Project for France

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      • July 26, 2018

        Linn Freedman Participates in Phishing Panel Discussion During Cyber Security Summit

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      • July 16, 2018

        Linn Freedman Co-Presents Program on Building Leadership in Cyber Risk

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      • June 27, 2018

        Linn Freedman Presents on Data Privacy and Security During 2018 Connecticut Judges Institute

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      • June 26, 2018

        Kathy Porter Presents Session on Privacy and Cybersecurity Risk for the Practising Law Institute

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      • June 13, 2018

        Kathy Porter Presents on GDPR During SCG Legal’s 2018 Midyear Meeting

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      • June 11, 2018

        Linn Freedman Participates in Cybersecurity Panel Discussion for Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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      • June 1, 2018

        Linn Freedman Presents on Cybersecurity for Internal Auditors

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      • May 30, 2018

        Kathryn Rattigan Shares Insights on Drones and FAA Regulations

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      • May 24, 2018

        Ben Jensen Moderates Panel Discussion on Blockchain Technology

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      • May 22, 2018

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents on the Future of Drones in Health Care

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      • May 8, 2018

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • April 26, 2018

        Kathy Porter Presents on Data Privacy in the Legal Industry

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      • April 12, 2018

        Linn Freedman Discusses Data Privacy and Identity Theft Protection During GoLocalProv Interview

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      • April 2, 2018

        Linn Freedman Presents on Cyber Defense at Bryant University

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      • March 26, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Receives “Top” Honors in JD Supra’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

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      • December 5, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents Cybersecurity Workshop for the Water & Wastewater Industry

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      • November 17, 2017

        Linn Freedman Invited to Join Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee

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      • November 9, 2017

        Linn Freedman Serves as Panelist at PBN Cybersecurity Summit

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      • November 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Receives 37 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and 3 National Rankings in Latest U.S. News – Best Law Firms Survey

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      • October 27, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents at 2017 Privacy + Security Forum, 2017 NSPA Conference

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      • October 17, 2017

        Linn Freedman Co-authors Article for Surety Bond Quarterly

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      • October 13, 2017

        Kathleen Porter and Kate Dion Address Student Speech and Social Media at AICUM Symposium

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      • October 5, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents at IIA Cyber Security Summit

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      • September 28, 2017

        Kathleen Porter Speaks on IoT Regulation from Manufacturer's Perspective at SCG Annual Meeting

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      • September 15, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents on Cybersecurity at CWWA

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      • July 28, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents at Annual CICPAC Conference

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      • July 18, 2017

        Linn Freedman Discusses Cyber Risk Management at Expo for Fuel Industry

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      • June 15, 2017

        Kathleen Porter Speaks on Managing Privacy and Cybersecurity Risk in Business Deals

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      • June 14, 2017

        Linn Freedman Speaks to National Scholarship Providers Association

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      • June 7, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

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      • May 30, 2017

        Linn Freedman Presents at 2017 Cyber Security Exchange Day

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      • May 26, 2017

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • May 22, 2017

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents on FAA Regulations for Drones

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      • May 15, 2017

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Houston Chronicle Article

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      • May 3, 2017

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Dow Jones Article

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      • April 13, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in JD Supra’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards

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      • April 4, 2017

        Linn Freedman Moderates Panel at 2017 Federal District Court Conference

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      • March 23, 2017

        Rick Borden Co-authors LEI Article on New York DFS Cybersecurity Regulation

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      • March 16, 2017

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Cook CountyRecord Article

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      • March 13, 2017

        Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team Lawyers Speak About NYS Cybersecurity Regulation

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      • March 10, 2017

        New Webinar Addresses How Cybersecurity Lawyers Can Help Companies

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      • March 1, 2017

        Linn Freedman Interviewed on White House Chronicle

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      • March 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Speak on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • February 23, 2017

        Rick Borden Speaks on Keeping Companies Safe from Cyber Incidents

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      • February 14, 2017

        Kathryn Rattigan and Carrie Turner Speak on Drones in the Insurance Industry

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      • February 14, 2017

        Rick Borden Hosts CISO Executive Network Roundtable Breakfast

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      • February 6, 2017

        Rick Borden Contributes to LEI Article on Law Firm Cybersecurity

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      • January 31, 2017

        Linn Freedman Speaks on Data Security Issues at Pell Center and AGC Conference

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      • January 30, 2017

        Rick Borden Moderates Program at Connecticut Law Review Privacy, Security, and Power Symposium

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      • December 21, 2016

        Rick Borden Co-Presents Webinars on Data Security for Retirement Fiduciaries and Proposed Cyber Regulation Regarding Vendors

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      • November 18, 2016

        Rick Borden Presents at SPI Event on Digital Currencies

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      • November 16, 2016

        Linn Freedman Presents at Privacy + Security Forum

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      • November 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • November 9, 2016

        Linn Freedman Moderates GPCC Cybersecurity Business Outreach Event

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      • November 8, 2016

        Rick Borden Presents on Cyber Preparedness and Cyber Warfare

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      • November 1, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives 34 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and 3 National Rankings in Latest U.S. News – Best Law Firms Survey

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      • October 28, 2016

        Linn Freedman Is Featured Speaker at Women in the Boardroom Webinar

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      • October 24, 2016

        Rick Borden Presents on Cyber Regulations for Business Executives

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      • October 19, 2016

        Linn Freedman and Jim Merrifield Participate in Information Governance Conference 2016

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      • October 17, 2016

        Rick Borden Publishes Articles on Cyber Regulations

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      • October 7, 2016

        Rick Borden Participates in Security of Things Forum

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      • October 6, 2016

        Linn Freedman Interviewed on Yahoo Data Breach in Reuters

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      • September 16, 2016

        Linn Freedman Speaks at Cybersecurity Conference

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      • September 12, 2016

        Linn Freedman Writes Article for Cybersecurity News Site

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      • August 23, 2016

        Linn Freedman featured in Health Data Management Article

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      • August 16, 2016

        Linn Freedman Presents at NSPA Student Success Training Workshop

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      • August 4, 2016

        Andrea Donovan Napp Presents on Being a Competent Lawyer in the Age of Big Data

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      • July 26, 2016

        Linn Freedman Speaks on Cybersecurity Opportunities for Women in Nontech Sectors

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      • July 21, 2016

        Rick Borden Co-authors Article on How Hospitals Can Extinguish a Cyber Fire

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      • July 15, 2016

        Kathleen Porter Serves as Panelist at PLI

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      • July 11, 2016

        Kathleen Porter Serves as Panelist on Data Security Webcast

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      • July 1, 2016

        Linn Freedman Presents at National Scholarship Providers Association

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      • June 29, 2016

        Linn Freedman Leads Data Privacy and Cyber Intrusions Discussion for the Quorum Initiative in New York and DC

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      • June 28, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Present at the Connecticut Legal Conference

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      • June 24, 2016

        Richard Borden Presents at Cloud Financial Services Conference USA

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      • June 23, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Data Security to the New England Fuel Institute

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      • June 21, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes Thirteen New Lawyers

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      • June 17, 2016

        Rick Borden Writes Article on Cyber Attacks for Huffington Post

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      • June 10, 2016

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Privacy This Week

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      • June 3, 2016

        Linn Freedman Speaks at the 16th Annual Health Law Symposium

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      • May 31, 2016

        Linn Freedman Speaks on Magnitude of Third-Party Vendor Threat

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      • May 27, 2016

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • May 19, 2016

        Linn Freedman Publishes Article for Financier Worldwide

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      • May 5, 2016

        Former Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Bank of America Joins Robinson+Cole’s Data Privacy + Security Team

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      • May 3, 2016

        Linn Freedman Presents on Cyber Intrusions at Brown University Forum

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      • March 30, 2016

        Linn Foster Freedman Joins Faculty of Brown University’s New Executive Master in Cybersecurity Program

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      • March 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in JD Supra’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards

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      • February 29, 2016

        Kelly Frye Barnett Elected to YWCA Hartford Region’s Board of Directors

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      • February 29, 2016

        Linn Freedman Featured in Legal Newsline Article

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      • February 22, 2016

        Linn Freedman Speaks on Data Privacy Management at SMaRT* Luncheon Series

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      • February 9, 2016

        Linn Freedman Featured in Health Data Management Article

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      • February 3, 2016

        Jim Merrifield Speaks on Cybersecurity at Legaltech NYC

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      • January 29, 2016

        Linn Freedman Presents on How Contractors Can Identify and Evaluate Cyber and Data Risks

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      • December 23, 2015

        Kathleen Porter Authors Chapter in Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts

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      • December 16, 2015

        Linn Freedman Among Health Data Management’s Top 50 Healthcare IT Professionals in US

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      • December 16, 2015

        Linn Freedman quoted in BNA Privacy & Security Law Report Article

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      • December 10, 2015

        Linn Freedman Co-Presents at HDM Webinar

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      • December 7, 2015

        Linn Freedman Quoted in Law360 Article on FTC's Data Security Authority

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      • November 13, 2015

        Linn Freedman Addresses HIPAA Issue in Law360

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      • November 10, 2015

        Linn Freedman Speaks at Connecticut Technology Council's IT Summit

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      • October 20, 2015

        Linn Freedman Presents at The Privacy Exchange Forum

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      • October 15, 2015

        Linn Freedman Presents at Cybersecurity + Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge Symposium

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      • September 29, 2015

        Linn Freedman Presents at Information Governance Conference 2015

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      • September 25, 2015

        James Merrifield to Present at KnowledgeNet (IAPP) Chapter Meeting

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      • September 9, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Co-Chairs Fair and Impartial Courts Committee of Connecticut Bar Association

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      • September 4, 2015

        Kathleen E. Dion Lawyer Elected to KNOX Board of Directors

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      • September 2, 2015

        Providence Lawyer Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter

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      • August 17, 2015

        Linn Freedman Profiled in Providence Business News

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      • August 3, 2015

        Linn Freedman Featured in WIB Newsletter

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      • July 23, 2015

        Kathleen Porter Speaks at PLI's Sixteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law

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      • July 6, 2015

        Kathleen Porter Featured in WNE Law School Alumni Magazine

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      • June 30, 2015

        Brian Wheelin Presents on Cybersecurity at CBA Annual Conference

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      • June 17, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Litigation Lawyers Participate in CBIA Manufacturing Summit

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      • May 28, 2015

        Kathryn Sylvia Presents at Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium

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      • May 27, 2015

        Linn Freedman Presents on Data Breach Fallout at Inside Counsel SuperConference

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      • March 16, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Strengthens Privacy and Data Security Team with New Lawyers

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      • February 11, 2015

        Kathleen Porter Chairs, Speaks at IAPP Privacy, Data Security, and CyberSecurity Law Program

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      • January 14, 2015

        Kathleen Porter Interviewed on Data Security for Contact Center Pipeline

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      • November 25, 2014

        Kathleen Porter Presents at National Privacy XChange Forum

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      • December 28, 2012

        Attorneys Present Webinar About Data Security and Privacy from Employer's Perspective

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