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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 - 2020)
  • 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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Kick the CCPA Compliance Program Back Into Gear

September 8, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Natalie Prescott

2020 “back to school” has a whole new meaning in the age of COVID-19.   Now, it is finally time for companies to take compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) off the back burner and implement policies and procedures and processes.  The California Attorney General’s final regulations are in place and approved (“Final Regulations”), and ready for enforcement. 
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The California Legislature has passed AB-1281 over to the Governor’s desk, approving the continuation of an exemption for personal information collected in the employment context and certain information collected in the course of a business-to-business (B2B) transaction or about B2B-related personnel.  
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California Attorney General Becerra announced Friday afternoon that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) had approved the final CCPA regulations his office submitted to the OAL in June, and that the review process is complete.   This means that the CCPA Regulations go into effect immediately. 
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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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At present, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has “temporary” (and limited) exemptions for the application of portions of the CCPA to personal data collected in the course of business-to-business transactions (Section 1798.145(o)) and that of employees and job applicants (Section 1798.145(h).   Both sections will sunset on January 1, 2021 without further action from the Legislature.
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Today’s The Day: CCPA Enforcement Begins

July 1, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

As we’ve been writing about in this space for some time, today marks the opening of the CCPA enforcement era.  Despite protestations from the business community, and requests for delay due to the lack of regulations until early June and the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency, AG Xavier Becerra declined to extend the deadline, saying “Businesses have had since January 1 to comply with the law, and we are committed to enforcing it starting July 1.”
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Just as businesses are gearing up for the start of enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California cleared the way for the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”). The CPRA is an initiative imposing greater privacy restrictions on businesses holding consumer data, to be voted on as part of California’s November 2020 ballot.
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A New CCPA Data Breach Lawsuit Is “Minted”

June 17, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie Prescott, Cynthia Larose

Online stationery and craft company Minted Inc. has been hit with a CCPA class action lawsuit, stemming from a massive data breach the company disclosed in late May.  The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in a California federal court, claims that Minted Inc. failed to implement “reasonable security measures” and to properly encrypt certain personal information.
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Temperature Checks May Add Privacy Notice Obligations for California Businesses

June 17, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie Prescott, Jennifer Rubin, Cynthia Larose

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The California AG’s office has dropped the long-awaited final CCPA Regulations, and requested expedited review from the Office of Administrative Law.    If this request is granted, the regulations will be effective by July 1.
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News & Press

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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
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Jun
19
2019

Health Care & Cybersecurity: A Powerful Combination

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

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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

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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

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Mar
19
2018

2018 Cyber Liability Conference

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

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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

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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
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Jun
3
2016

Director Bootcamp

NACD New England

Boston, MA

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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

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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