Hunter Ferguson

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Hunter Ferguson chairs Stoel Rives’ global Privacy and Data Security practice and is a partner in its Litigation group. He counsels and advises a wide range of clients on an array of privacy and security matters, including compliance with GDPR, CalCPA, and other federal and state regulatory regimes, assessment and management of third-party risk, and development of internal programs, policies, and procedures. He regularly advises and represents clients in connection with data breach and security incident planning, preparation and response, including internal investigations, notifications and public announcements, and regulatory reporting. And he represents businesses and individuals in privacy and data security disputes and litigation. Hunter also maintains an active litigation practice, involving complex contract, copyright, trade secret, and business interference disputes, and he regularly prepares merits and amicus briefing and petitions for review and certiorari at every level of state and federal courts.

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Don’t let Cyber Insurance be Your Cybersecurity Plan

In a recent letter to insurers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) acknowledged the key role cyber insurance plays in managing and reducing cyber risk – while also warning insurers that they could be writing policies that have the “perverse effect of increasing cyber risk.” If a cyber insurance policy does not … Continue Reading

Portland’s New Facial Recognition Ban Increases Litigation Risk, Creates Uncertainty

Is your business using or thinking of using facial recognition technology for activities in Portland, Oregon? Think again. That’s the message to businesses operating in Portland in a new ordinance that broadly bans the use of facial recognition technology in the city, subject to certain exceptions. The ordinance, which took effect January 1, 2021, restricts … Continue Reading

Working from Home? Here are 12 Steps to Reduce Data Privacy and Security Risk

Businesses are instituting widespread remote work policies and procedures to facilitate social distancing and “flatten the curve.” Enterprises simultaneously need to be mindful of increased data privacy and security risks. The risks can range from pandemic-related phishing emails to increased pressure on network architecture to well-intentioned employee shortcuts. Hackers will try to take advantage of … Continue Reading

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in the Age of COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education released some FAQs related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and corona virus. The Department’s Student Privacy Policy Office prepared the FAQs to assist officials in educational agencies and institutions such as school districts, schools, colleges and universities in managing public health issues related to COVID-19 while … Continue Reading

CCPA is Coming – Is Your Business Prepared For The Data Requests & Lawsuits?

Does your business collect personal information from residents in California? Does it monitor user activity on its website? If so, there is a good chance it will need to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which takes effect January 1, 2020. Following the European Union’s implementation of GDPR, California adopted the CCPA, which … Continue Reading

Privacy Attorney Dustin Berger Achieves (ISC)2 CISSP Certification

Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce that information privacy & data security attorney Dustin Berger has been recognized as an (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). This certification demonstrates an individual’s understanding of cybersecurity strategy and its hands-on implementation. It also confirms that the holder has the advanced knowledge and technical skills to … Continue Reading
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