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There is a new and disturbing trend in privacy cases: companies accused of violating state privacy laws are lobbying state legislatures to make sure such laws don’t apply to them. The proposed changes are subtle and appear insignificant. These bills are often introduced late in the session and are rushed through committee before anybody catches on. This tactic has turned statehouses around the country into the primary battleground for privacy rights.

To counter this threat, Edelson launched a first-of-its-kind 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 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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