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All You Could Need in Information Security and Privacy Law (Almost)

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on June 01, 2016 3:53 PM

When it comes to information security and privacy, the law is vast and sprawling. There's the threat of data breaches and the question of liability over cybersecurity failures. There are federal anti-hacking laws and children's privacy acts. There are state laws on the use of biometric data and online identity theft.

In fact, there's so much going on in the realm of information security and privacy, that we've covered the topic more than 800 times on FindLaw blogs -- and there's still plenty more to discuss. But you don't need to get overwhelmed by all the information that's out there. Thankfully, there are practice guides to help organize the enormous amount of information for you.

Data Security and Privacy Laws Abound

We're not exaggerating when we say that there's a massive amount of information on data security and privacy law. On the international front (and thanks to the Internet, much information is now international), there are data privacy guidelines from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, privacy principles adopted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and strict European regulations.

Federally, there are laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Communications Decency Act, to name just two, along with regulations promulgated and enforcement actions taken by agencies like the FTC and NLRB. And just about every state has their own information security and privacy laws as well, from California's cyberstalking laws to New York's statutes on "computer trespass."

Tons of Information, One Guide

It's enough to fill a tome. And it has. The Information Security and Privacy guide, soon to be published by Thomson Reuters, is a veritable behemoth of data security and privacy expertise. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.) With a table of contents that spans over 100 pages alone, this is truly a comprehensive guide, covering genetic privacy laws, security breach laws, state email laws, and data destruction laws -- and then some.

If you deal in sensitive information -- and all attorneys do -- you'll want to check it out. And don't worry, as expansive as it is, it probably won't swallow your bookshelf entirely.

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