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Public Client and Government Affairs

Edelson represents state Attorneys General, counties, and cities in high-stakes litigation and investigations involving consumer protection, information security and privacy violations, the opioid crisis, and other areas of enforcement that protect government interests and vulnerable communities.

Edelson also counsels governments and state and federal lawmakers on a range of policy issues involving consumer protection, privacy, technology, and data security. In explaining how the United States Senate could better understand the ways technology companies are surreptitiously tracking Americans, United States Senator Richard Durbin said:

“You come up to Chicago or perhaps we should invite here, a group called Edelson. About six weeks ago I sat down and they did a presentation along the lines you just mentioned. They (Google) also track how you move from place to place. Are you walking? Are you running? Are you on a bicycle? Are you in a car? So the information that’s being gathered goes way beyond what anybody imagines when they carry one of these (holds up phone) around every single day. There are so many aspects of this that I want to get into but the one that troubled me the most is they said, the largest collector now of information, and they can hardly keep up with the volume, is the collector of information on kids, our children.

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The folks at Edelson went so far as to show the aerial photographs of their homes which could be easily determined, the information Senator Hawley asked earlier about location and such, so their homes are now in the domain of those who wanted to decide how to advertise when it comes to their whereabouts.”

Senator Richard Durbin, Senate Judiciary Hearing on “GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation” (March 12, 2019).

Edelson launched a first-of-its-kind Public Client and Government Affairs team dedicated to tracking legislation and helping lawmakers understand the impact that proposed amendments will have on pending litigation and consumer privacy rights more generally. Through those efforts, we have developed relationships with state and federal legislators throughout the country and are frequently called upon to draft legislation and help shape public policy. Our team of lawyers and technologists regularly organize subject matter hearings for governmental bodies and testify before city, state, and federal committees on an array of consumer issues, such as emerging surveillance and data collection technologies, geolocation and biometric technologies, the data mining industry, and cybersecurity standards and vulnerabilities. As a trusted resource for policymakers navigating the intersection of privacy and technology, we are uniquely situated to protect our clients’ rights when they are attacked in the legislature.

Consumer advocacy doesn’t stop at the courthouse door. We’re ready to fight at every level.

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