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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

CJLarose@mintz.com

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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

  • Best Lawyers in America: Privacy and Data Security Law (2018 – 2021)
  • Top Author for Cybersecurity, JD Supra’s Readers' Choice Awards (2018 - 2021)
  • Chambers USA: Noted Practitioner, Nationwide – Privacy & Data Security (2018 – 2019)
  • National Law Review: Go-To Thought Leadership Award, Cybersecurity (2018)
  • 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

News & Press

Viewpoints

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Webinar Recording: The California Privacy Rights Act – What You Need to Know to Prepare

March 10, 2021 | Webinar | By Cynthia Larose, Brian Lam, Natalie Prescott

In this webinar Cynthia Larose, Brian Lam, and Natalie Prescott discuss the operational differences and enforcement between the CCPA and CPRA.
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Virginia Passes Comprehensive Data Privacy Law – Mintz’s Hot Take

March 3, 2021 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

On Tuesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed the Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”) into law, making Virginia the second U.S. state after California to pass a comprehensive data privacy law. While not quite as expansive as the GDPR in every respect, the CDPA is a very broad-based privacy law that is on par with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Below, we break down some of its key elements.
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It’s Not Such a Breeze: Assessing Your Service Providers after SolarWinds

March 2, 2021 | Blog | By Michael Graif, Cynthia Larose

In the recent SolarWinds hack, the routine task of downloading a software update turned into a cybersecurity nightmare for over 18,000 organizations including the Treasury Department, AT&T and up to 85% of Fortune 500 companies. New York has the SHIELD Act, a statute that requires that organizations select third party service providers “capable of maintaining appropriate cybersecurity safeguards”.
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We summarized Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) in advance of its passage by the legislature and it now awaits Governor Ralph Northam’s signature.   This will make Virginia the second state (behind California) with a comprehensive state data privacy law.   There are some key differences between the Virginia CDPA and the California Consumer Privacy Act and Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).   We will have a full analysis of the Virginia CDPA next week, so watch this space. 
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The Ongoing March toward Privacy Law in the US – A State Legislative Roundup

February 16, 2021 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Buontempo

Based on what we are already seeing in terms of the impressive volume of state-level proposed privacy legislation in the early days of 2021, it appears that we may see a big year for US privacy law. Below is a sampling of where things stand in Virginia, Washington, New York, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, and North Dakota.
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Watch this webinar by Cynthia Larose and Susan Foster as they explore the key US national security laws that need to be taken into account, how to evaluate whether those laws potentially affect the personal data in question, potential risk mitigation measures, and how European data exporters and US data importers can work together to address these issues.
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Happy Data Privacy Day!

January 28, 2021 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

January 28 is known worldwide as “Data Privacy Day” or “Data Protection Day,” and it’s a good opportunity to remind everyone of some privacy basics – particularly as people are still working remotely and threats to information and security increase.   Privacy and data protection is no longer “nice to have”.  It is business imperative.
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Vendor Management Fail: FTC Settles with Mortgage Analytics Company following Vendor Security Issues

January 11, 2021 | Blog | By Christopher Buontempo, Cynthia Larose

An oft-used business management concept is to “hire people smarter than you.” The concept also applies to hiring vendors – hire vendors that are better than you (especially when it comes to information security). Texas-based Ascension Data & Analytics LLC (Ascension), a technology and data analytics company used by the mortgage industry, did not utilize that concept in its vendor hiring process, and as a result, recently entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) following charges that it violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s (GLBA) Safeguards Rule by failing to ensure that its third-party vendor adequately protected mortgage holder personal information.
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As businesses continue to work on compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the multiple versions of regulations issued by the Attorney General’s Office, Attorney General Becerra has issued yet another set of proposed modifications to the regulations implementing the CCPA.  This fourth set of proposed modifications comes on the heels (and builds on) the third draft set of modifications issued in October.   That October revision had not been finalized after comments had been received. 
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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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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on the legal implications of a hack of Microsoft’s Exchange email software for small and medium-sized organizations, which are unlikely to have the resources to handle the data breach quickly and effectively.
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In light of the recent SolarWinds hack, Mintz Member Michael R. Graif and Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia J. Larose co-authored an article published by the New York Law Journal examining diligence activities businesses can and should take when selecting third-party service providers, including ensuring compliance with the New York Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act.
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An article published by Law360 included commentary from Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose on cybersecurity and compliance considerations for companies as the New York Department of Financial Services begins enforcement of the state’s novel cybersecurity rules.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on regulatory concerns and privacy risks involved with Microsoft Corp.’s proposed acquisition of TikTok, as President Trump’s September 15 deadline for reaching an agreement approaches.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose and Associate Natalie Prescott co-authored a Bloomberg Law “Professional Perspective” column analyzing the latest litigation trends that are emerging from recent privacy class actions involving children.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on how companies might revise policies to ensure compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in advance of its July 1 enforcement date.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose and Associate Natalie Prescott co-authored a Wolters Kluwer “SmartTask” designed for practitioners responsible for assessing existing privacy policies of U.S.-based companies.
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In an article published by CIO Dive, Mintz Member and Chair of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose is quoted discussing cybersecurity concerns and compliance for communications platforms as working from home increases the use of these platforms due to the pandemic.
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In an article published by Built In, Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose was quoted extensively on remote cybersecurity risks, tips to protect personal and professional information, and a recent spike in malicious emails and phishing exploits, among other topics.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose, Of Counsel Laura Stefani, and Associates Jonathan Markman and Elana Safner co-authored this guest post published by Dronelife that addressed how the California Consumer Privacy Act might affect drone operators in the state. The article also provided action items for surveillance and drone companies as they prepare for CCPA implementation.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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

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Apr
27
2020

Compliance Solutions Strategies Spring 2020 Conference

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

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Apr
15
2020
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Mar
4
2020
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Dec
17
2019
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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

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

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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