By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
In an era when data breaches and their inherent legal ramifications are a growing concern for corporate America, law firms have been organizing practice groups and task forces to best advice clients on the issue.
Now one firm is using technology to help clients navigate this tech-laden problem area.
Scott L. Vernick, a partner with Fox Rothschild and chairman of the firm’s privacy and data security practice group, has developed Data Breach 411, a free iPhone app that companies affected by a breach can use to navigate the various applicable state rules and regulations.
The app provides up-to-date, state-specific information regarding data breach notifications, HIPAA/HITECH and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act laws, as well as additional resources aimed at helping clients dealing with data theft, the firm said.
“Data breaches can severely impact a company's reputation and have debilitating consequences to businesses big and small,” Vernick said in a statement.
“Our app is a ‘one-stop shop’ for in-house counsel and privacy officers to instantly access the relevant state-specific details on what they need to do, who they need to notify, when and how,” Vernick added.
Fox Rothschild said there are currently 46 states that have laws in place addressing how organizations should prepare for and respond to the loss or theft of data.
Along with the various statutes that can be found on the app, it also includes links to credit agencies, credit-monitoring services and the FTC website, the firm said.
This isn’t the first app Fox Rothschild has developed. In June, the firm launched an app created by New Jersey-based attorneys that focuses on New Jersey family law.