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Christopher J. Buontempo

Associate

CJBuontempo@mintz.com

+1.617.239.8322

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Chris is a corporate attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). He has significant experience handling legal and business issues relating to technology, data privacy and security, brand protection, contract negotiation, licensing, and product development. 

Chris has held several leadership positions at technology, consumer product, and e-commerce companies. Prior to joining Mintz, he was Director of Legal Affairs and Privacy Officer at The Predictive Index, a high-growth, SaaS-based personnel assessment and technology company with an expansive international reseller network. Chris provided strategic counsel to management and all business units on a broad range of corporate, technology, and privacy issues. 

On the privacy side, he delivered guidance across the organization on US and international data protection laws, including GDPR, as well as data privacy, data security, data collection and use, cross-border data transfers, security incident response, and vendor management. His general corporate work included drafting and negotiating a wide range technology agreements and commercial contracts, including distribution, reseller, and vendor agreements. He also managed an international intellectual property (IP) portfolio, negotiated licenses, advised the company’s marketing team on brand strategy and other issues, managed cross-border transactions, and provided legal oversight of M&A initiatives. In addition, Chris advised on employment law issues related to use of pre-employment and personnel assessments.

Earlier Chris was Corporate Counsel at Benrus, LLC, the watchmaking and lifestyle company. 
He managed the company’s legal function through the early-stage revival of its iconic retail brand — negotiating contracts, counseling on IP matters, and preparing for growth-stage funding. 

Chris was also Associate General Counsel for Alex and Ani, a prominent international retailer. During his two and a half years with the company, its revenue grew from $4.5 million to over $350 million. Chris attended to a wide range of commercial contracts, managed the company’s IP portfolio, advised on brand protection, and provided counsel on a wide range of additional matters, including privacy and employment issues. He began his legal career as an associate in the Providence, Rhode Island office of a large law firm. 
 

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Bryant University (BSBA)

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Data Breaches Can Cost $$ – Plus Ongoing Obligations (ask Home Depot): Lessons and Takeaways

December 2, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

The Home Depot, Inc. (“Home Depot”) recently entered into a multi-state Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with Attorneys General of 46 states and the District of Columbia (the “Settlement”) stemming from a massive 2014 data breach that exposed the payment card information of approximately 40 million Home Depot customers.  In addition to the steep penalty, Home Depot is required to undergo an extensive security overhaul.
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The New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) has announced its first enforcement action of NYDFS’ Cybersecurity Regulation, Part 500 of Title 23 (“Cybersecurity Regulation”) against First American Title Insurance Company (“First American”), a leading title insurance provider. 
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Zoom to Implement New Security Measures in Deal with NY Attorney General

May 12, 2020 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Nadia Do Canto, Cynthia Larose

Amidst multiple investigations into the privacy and security practices at Zoom Video Communications (“Zoom”), New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement agreement with Zoom after the failings of the platform were brought to light by the spike in Zoom video conference participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Senate COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act of 2020: Balancing Privacy with the Pandemic

May 7, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

Last month, we reported that the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, conducted a hearing on “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus.” Specifically, the Committee focused on “examin[ing] recent uses of aggregate and anonymized consumer data to identify potential hotspots of coronavirus transmission and to help accelerate the development of treatments.”
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NYDFS Issues New Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Cybersecurity Risks

April 20, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently issued new guidance to regulated entities regarding cybersecurity awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic - citing a significant increase in cybercrime and criminals seeking to exploit the pandemic.
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“When You Promise Security, You Need to Deliver Security”

April 13, 2020 | Blog | By Zane Polston, Christopher Buontempo

If your company is marketing any smart device, particularly if the device is involved with home security and collects personal information from users, it’s time to pay attention to the story of Tapplock. Tapplock, Inc. (“Tapplock”), is a Canadian Internet of Things (“IoT”) company that sells fingerprint-enabled padlocks that are connected to the Internet (“smart locks”).
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Zoom Lessons Learned: Vendor Privacy and Security Risks during COVID-19

April 2, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting office shutdowns has required many organizations to quickly transition to remote working environments. Going remote often requires a number of technology solutions and tools such as video conferencing, email, cloud file storage, file sharing, chat and communication platforms, and remote desktop applications, just to name a few.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing Cyber Security Risks of Remote Work

March 13, 2020 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Cynthia Larose

With cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging in nearly every state, many businesses are taking swift action in an effort to curb its spread.  Teleworking, “remote working,” or simply “working from home,” is a centerpiece of those efforts. While remote working arrangements may be effective to slow the community spread of COVID-19 from person to person, they present cybersecurity challenges that can be different than on-premise work. 
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UPDATE: WPA Passes Washington State Senate

February 19, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

The Washington Privacy Act has overwhelmingly passed the Washington state senate by a vote of 46-1.   Similar legislation passed the state senate last year and failed in the Washington house of representatives.  We will track the bill in the Washington house and update on its status. 
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Back in October, we provided a summary of Article 2 of the California Attorney General’s Initial Proposed CCPA draft regulations, which specify certain notices that must be given to consumers at the time of collection of their personal information, including consumers’ rights to opt-out of the sale of their personal information, and notices of financial incentives a business may offer in exchange for consumers’ personal information.
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Mintz Associate Christopher Buontempo was quoted in an article published by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Online on security plans, policies, and other privacy measures for businesses to protect data as they manage their newly-remote workforces during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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