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Coronavirus Q&A: MoFo’s Global Privacy Group Co-Chair

Law360

26 Jun 2020
Reprinted with permission.

Law360 interviewed Miriam Wugmeister, co-chair of MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security practice, for her thoughts on growing concerns among in-house counsel about the increased personal data they’ll likely need to collect to safely reopen their businesses and how her colleagues and clients are teaming up to fight hackers remotely.

“There’s a lot of pressure for employers to collect information that they don’t really want, like temperatures, like answers to questionnaires, like contract tracing,” Miriam said. “Employers really don’t have a need for that information, and from an employment law perspective and from a privacy law perspective, they don’t really want it…so I think that there’s a lot of anxiety for employers that really want to do the right thing to protect their employees and protect their guests, but they don’t really know what to do with all that data, how long to keep it, how to store it, who to give access to.”

Miriam also discussed how the pandemic has impacted her practice and her ability to help clients with their data security issues. “What’s interesting is that people both within our firm and our clients have really adapted unbelievably well to doing things over videoconference,” she said. “We’ve had three significant ransomware attacks in the last two weeks, and it used to be people would talk about it, when they had some major crisis, they would set up what they called a war room, and everybody would be physically there. And guess what? You just do it over the phone and on video."

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