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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

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Cynthia is a highly regarded authority in the privacy and security field and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). She handles the full range of data security issues for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to major corporations. Cynthia is masterful at conducting privacy audits; crafting procedures to protect data; advising clients on state, federal, and international laws and regulations on information use and data security; helping organizations respond to breaches; and planning data transfers associated with corporate transactions. She is an in-demand media commentator and speaker on privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Cynthia is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E).

She represents companies in information, communications, and technology, including e-commerce and other electronic transactions. She counsels clients through all stages of the “corporate lifecycle,” from start-ups through mid- and later-stage financings to IPO, and has broad experience in technology and business law, including online contracting issues, licensing, domain name issues, software development, and complex outsourcing transactions. She is also a key contributor to MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company.

Cynthia has extensive experience in privacy, data security, and information management matters, including state, federal, and international laws and regulations on the use and transfer of information, behavioral advertising, data security breach compliance and incident response, data breach incident response planning, as well as data transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions.

She conducts privacy audits and risk assessments to determine data and transaction flow and to assess privacy practices, and assists with drafting and implementation of privacy policies and information security policies and procedures and monitoring of privacy “best practices” across all levels of the enterprise.

She is a frequent speaker on privacy issues at conferences and media appearances and presents privacy awareness and compliance training seminars to client companies.

During law school, she was editor-in-chief of the Probate Law Journal.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (JD)
  • Boston University (MS)
  • University of Massachusetts (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • National Law Review: Go-To Thought Leadership Award, Cybersecurity (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Privacy and Data Security Law (2018 – 2020)
  • Chambers USA: Noted Practitioner, Nationwide – Privacy & Data Security (2018 – 2019)
  • Top Author for Cybersecurity and Data Collection & Use, JD Supra’s Readers' Choice Awards (2019)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide – Privacy & Data Security (2010 – 2016)
  • Chambers Global: Privacy & Data Security (2011 – 2012, 2016 – 2017)
  • National Diversity Council: Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology (2016)
  • Woman of Technology 2001 by Women in Technology, Inc.
  • Two Thousand Notable American Women (2001)
  • Women's Business Boston: Top 10 Women Lawyers in Boston (2005)
  • Women’s Business Boston: Top 10 Corporate Lawyers in Boston (2009 – 2010)
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine (2011)
  • Leila Josephine Robinson Award, Boston University Woman's Law Association (2010)
  • Boston Digital Industry News: Best General Lawyer for a High-Tech Firm
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Information Technology/Outsourcing (2005)

Involvement

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Computer Law Association
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

Recent Insights

Events

Viewpoints

Viewpoint

And the CCPA Amendment Countdown Begins ….

August 13, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

The California Legislature has returned from its summer recess and got right to work on the pending amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).   The Legislature has 30 days from today to send any amendments to the Governor’s desk for signature. 
Viewpoint

But Wait, There’s Less – Equifax Settlement Update

August 2, 2019 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Cynthia Larose

We know we told you yesterday about the Equifax settlement and how you could make a claim in connection with the breach. Well, consumers whose personal information was compromised in Equifax’s massive 2017 data breach are in for another surprise: they may not receive the entire $125 payout option initially offered following Equifax’s settlement agreement with the FTC.
Viewpoint

FTC and Equifax Reach Historic Settlement

July 30, 2019 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Cynthia Larose

According to the FTC, “Despite its failure to implement basic security measures, Equifax’s privacy policy at the time stated that it limited access to consumers’ personal information and implemented “reasonable physical, technical and procedural safeguards” to protect consumer data.” 
Viewpoint

California Consumer Privacy Act in a Nutshell

July 23, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

According to our CCPA Countdown Clock, we are 161 days and counting to the effective date of the California Consumer Privacy Act.   The Mintz Privacy team is deeply involved in working with clients on developing compliance programs and digging into customer data for inventory and mapping exercises.   If you’re not already doing that, our handy tip sheet outlines the very top level issues and may help to provide a broad overview.
Viewpoint General

Are You Talking To A Bot? New CA Law Makes Disclosure the Best Option

July 1, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Brian Lam

While the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”) is certainly one of the most important pieces of privacy legislation affecting many businesses today, we want to remind our readers of another California initiative that may affect their operations, which we are calling the “Disclose Your Bots” law.
Viewpoint General

Nevada Moves the Goalpost with New Privacy Law

June 7, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

Get ready:  October 1, 2019 is the new date for many U.S. businesses to begin providing consumers the right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information.  While January 1, 2020 was the date upon which many businesses were prepared to provide notice of consumers’ right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information to comply with California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Nevada moved the goalpost last week and signed Nevada Senate Bill 220 (SB-220) into law, which requires many businesses to provide a similar opt-out, and becomes effective on October 1, 2019.
Health Privacy

Health Care & Cybersecurity: A Powerful Combination

May 14, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

The adoption of connected medical devices and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) has both enhanced the quality of patient care and increased the vulnerability of health care organizations. Sophisticated cyberattacks on hospitals and health systems threaten patient safety and impose substantial financial costs.
Viewpoint General

The Phantom Menace: Office Depot Settles with FTC Over Fake Virus Scans

April 12, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Elana Safner

Office Depot and its tech support provider, Support.com, proved to be anything but “supportive” after allegedly providing false malware scan results and conning customers into paying for repairs and technical services that, in many cases, they did not need.
Viewpoint General

Massachusetts Data Breach Changes – Coming April 11!

April 10, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

Significant changes to the Massachusetts data breach notification law take effect on April 11, 2019.   You can view the amendment here.   If you haven’t looked at your written information security plan, or WISP, in a while, now’s the time to dust it off.  If you still haven’t gotten around to implementing one as required by 201 CMR 17 back in 2010, now’s the time to get going. 
Viewpoint General
On June 28, 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and then further amended it on September 23, 2018. CCPA breaks new state law privacy ground, and this post addresses some of the confusion surrounding the exemptions for health information.

News & Press

Sweeping Data Privacy Bill Approved In California

June 28, 2018 | Associated Press

This story noted news that California’s Governor has signed in law the nation's most far-reaching data privacy bill which will provide the state’s consumers more control of their personal data. Cynthia Larose, Chair of the firm's Privacy & Security Practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), provides commentary.
Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
Mintz is proud to be recognized by JD Supra in its 2018 Reader’s Choice awards. The annual program highlights the most widely read authors and articles throughout the past year. Five Mintz attorneys were named JD Supra Top Authors in four different industries.
The National Diversity Council has named Cynthia Larose, Chair of the Privacy & Security Practice of Mintz, one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.” This marks the second consecutive year Ms. Larose has been selected for this honor.
Cynthia Larose is a Member of Mintz's Boston office and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Security Practice. She was featured in a Marketplace article on cybersecurity regulations going into effect for financial institutions licensed by the state of New York.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Jennifer Rubin and Cynthia Larose are among those interviewed in the second part of this series discussing the legality of employers’ monitoring data systems and employee digital activity, making sure that they comply with consent and other requirements when setting up programs.
Members Jennifer Rubin and Cynthia Larose are among those interviewed in this article discussing the legality of employers’ monitoring data systems and employee digital activity, making sure that they comply with consent and other requirements when setting up programs.
This article focuses on the key takeaways from a cybersecurity panel of industry experts recently held at Boston College. Member Cynthia Larose and Chair of the firm's Privacy & Security Practice moderated the panel.
Mintz Members will be participating in multiple panel discussions at the 2017 Boston Conference on Cyber Security hosted by Boston College and the FBI. The event presents an opportunity for leading minds to come together and fashion a more secure cyberspace.
Cynthia Larose is included in this article discussing challenges and questions raised concerning privacy of data on connected devices. Cynthia, a Member in the firm, is Chair of Mintz’s Privacy and Security Practice.
Member Cynthia Larose and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Security Practice is quoted in a Law360 article discussing the major data security breaches in 2016.
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings

Getting Your Firm Beyond the Breach

March 1, 2016 | http://www.asa-digital.net/amstaffingassoc/january_february_2016?pg=19#pg19 American Staffing Association Magazine

Member Cynthia Larose authored this American Staffing Association Magazine column on how businesses will find themselves under scrutiny for data breaches.
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”

Events

Panelist
Sep
25
2019
Moderator
Jun
19
2019

Health Care & Cybersecurity: A Powerful Combination

ML Strategies, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004

Speaker
Panelist
Apr
29
2019

AHAM Annual Member Meeting 2019

Know the Score

The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC

Moderator
Mar
6
2019

The Third Annual Boston Conference on Cyber Security (BCCS 2019)

Boston College, Gasson Hall, Room 100, 140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA

Speaker
Feb
4
2019

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Legal Services Providers 2019

Practising Law Institute

PLI New York Center, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, (2nd floor), entrance on 45th Street, New York, New York

Speaker
Nov
13
2018

CTAM End of Year Meeting

HBO Theater, New York, NY

Oct
3
2018

Ascendant Compliance Conference

State of the Data Breach

San Diego, California

Speaker
May
7
2018

2018 Onsolve User Conference

Arizona Biltmore Hotel 2400 E Missouri Avenue Phoenix, AZ

Speaker
Apr
18
2018

Legal Issues in Museum Administration 2018

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE)

Revere Hotel Boston Common 200 Stuart Street Boston, MA

Speaker
Mar
19
2018

2018 Cyber Liability Conference

Mohegan Sun Resort & Convention Center 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd Uncasville, CT

Speaker
Mar
15
2018

Higher Education Legal Conference

Boston Bar Association

Sheraton Boston Hotel 39 Dalton Street Boston, MA

Moderator
Mar
7
2018

The Second Annual Boston Conference on Cyber Security (BCCS 2018)

Boston College

Gasson Hall, Room 100 140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA

Speaker
Jan
19
2018
Speaker
Jan
17
2018
Speaker
Nov
30
2017
Speaker
Nov
29
2017
Speaker
Nov
28
2017
Speaker
Speaker
Nov
2
2017

Cyber Security & Liability

New Hampshire Bar Association

Concord, NH

Speaker
Oct
25
2017

Staffing World 2017

American Staffing Association

Chicago, IL

Speaker
Oct
10
2017

Ascendant Compliance Conference

Ascendant Compliance Management

Napa, California

Panelist
May
24
2017

Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference

Boston Bar Association

Boston, MA

Speaker
May
11
2017

2017 ASA Staffing Law Conference

American Staffing Association

Washington, DC

Moderator
Mar
8
2017
Speaker
Jun
3
2016

Director Bootcamp

NACD New England

Boston, MA

Speaker
May
11
2016

2016 NEDRIX Spring Conference

NorthEast Disaster Recovery Information X-Change

Boston, MA

Speaker
Speaker
Dec
1
2015

Increased Scrutiny by Regulators of Cybersecurity

The New England Broker/Dealer and Investment Adviser Association

Boston, MA

Speaker
May
13
2015

Massachusetts Employment Law Summit

Mintz Levin

Boston, MA

Moderator
Mar
10
2015

Not If, But When: Cyber Security for Companies in an Age of Inevitable Hacks, Attacks & Breaches

National Association of Corporate Directors, New England Chapter

Newton Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA