Heather Egan Sussman

Partner

Boston


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Heather Egan Sussman is Global Co-chair of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, and the leader of Orrick’s Boston Office. Her practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity and information management, and she is ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States as a leader in her field. Chambers explains companies turn to Heather because she is “generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."

Heather routinely guides clients through the existing patchwork of laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity around the globe.  In the U.S. this includes advising on federal and state laws such as FCRA, ECPA, TCPA, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, GLBA, California’s Consumer Privacy Act, state breach notification laws, and state data security laws, as well as existing self-regulatory frameworks, including those covering online advertising and payment card processing. Outside of the U.S., she manages teams of talented counsel around the world to deliver seamless advice for clients that operate across many jurisdictional lines, developing comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity programs that address competing regulatory regimes.  She drafts online privacy notices for global rollout and implements data transfer mechanisms for the free flow of data worldwide.

Heather also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies, so they can leverage the incredible value of data and digital technologies in ways that not only meet compliance obligations, but also support innovation, deliver value to the business, meet security needs and solidify brand and consumer trust.

Heather devotes a significant part of her practice to helping clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents, and she offers a comprehensive menu of services designed to do just this.  In the event of a privacy or security breach, she helps companies respond, successfully guiding them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries.  Companies routinely rely on her to manage their response to catastrophes, investigations and government probes involving conduct by employees, contractors and third parties.

Heather guides clients through comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity assessments worldwide, vets privacy and security risks in corporate transactions, conducts internal investigations stemming from data incidents, and she drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors and arrangements. She regularly counsels businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of personal data.

Her clients come from diverse business sectors, including technology, financial services, retail, consumer products, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, media, academic institutions, service industries.

Heather frequently writes on current privacy and information security issues before trade and legal organizations and has been quoted in hundreds of major news outlets, including MSNBC.comABCNews.comThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesBloomberg BusinessWeekThe San Francisco ChronicleWashington TimesHouston Chronicle.

Posts by: Heather Egan Sussman

Orrick Launches Automated Tool to Assess Readiness for California Consumer Privacy Act

Today, Orrick announced the launch of our automated CCPA Readiness Assessment Tool which helps businesses globally determine whether they are covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and, if yes, their readiness to comply with the new law that is revolutionizing the United States privacy landscape. This free tool is available to all organizations and takes 10-30 minutes to complete.  It segments the CCPA into five workable themes and guides users through a series of dynamic questions relating to each theme. Upon completion of the questionnaire, the tool provides a free and comprehensive readiness assessment tailored to the business’s unique positioning and individual needs.

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State Legislators Joining the Consumer Privacy Protection Party: Introduced CCPA-Like Bills

In 2018, the California legislature made headlines with its game-changing data protection law: the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Other state legislators across the country appear to be hot on its heels as a flurry of CCPA-like bills have been introduced across the United States. While it is too early to predict which of these bills, if any, will be enacted, this increased focus on privacy in the state legislatures is clearly a sign that the privacy landscape—and consequent compliance challenges for companies—is going to get more complicated. READ MORE