Data Privacy & Security

As increased threats to company or customer data occur, Latham is at the forefront, providing rapid and discrete legal guidance.

Why Latham

Providing Clients with a Single Point of Expertise

Latham & Watkins' data privacy and security practitioners in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East not only advise on compliance and best practices for data management and incident preparedness, but also excel at the just-in-time, experience-based legal advice that is needed in the immediate aftermath of cyber incidents.

Latham’s data privacy and security practitioners defend government investigations and other privacy proceedings, provide compliance advice focusing on cross-border and novel matters and issues, and advise on the privacy and data security aspects of multi-billion dollar transactions and investments. The hallmark of Latham’s Information Data Privacy & Security Practice is the ability to deliver rapid global response capabilities on data protection or cybersecurity issues, and to develop innovative structures, processes, and arguments to enable global organizations to comply with an increasingly complex (and often conflicting) global regulatory environment.

Scope of Services

Latham lawyers routinely advise on:

  • Collection and use of employee and consumer personal data, including export of personal data to countries outside the EEA
  • Cybercrime and data breach insurance policies and claims
  • Cybercrime incident preparedness, response, breach notifications, and related internal and external investigations
  • Data sharing, including exploitation of big data
  • Direct marketing activities
  • Disclosure of data to law enforcement authorities
  • International data protection compliance programs and audits, and responses to government compliance reviews
  • Payment card association, post-breach penalties and audits
  • Privacy policies, documentation, and procedures as well as privacy impact assessments

Awards & Rankings


  • Two Partners Honored as California Trailblazers - October 06, 2020
  • Fifteen Partners Receive 2020 MVP Honors - October 04, 2020
  • Latham Again Among the Litigation "Fearsome Foursome" - September 30, 2020
  • Litigation & Trial Partner Named to Incident Response 30 - April 14, 2020
  • Latham Named to BTI CyberSavvy 16 - March 25, 2020

Latham is praised for its "notably strong privacy breach and litigation shop with additional compliance capabilities," with clients appreciating their ability to treat the firm "as an extension of our in-house legal function. Their deep understanding of our business and business environment and the willingness to leave no detail unattended sets them apart."

Chambers USA 2020


New Era for US Privacy Laws: California and BeyondA Perspective on the Evolving Threat Landscape for Data-driven CompaniesPrivacy + Security Forum

Media Coverage

California Trailblazer: Andrew GassRising Star – Fintech: Fiona MacleanCross-Border Latham Team Acknowledged for Collaborating on First-Of-Its-Kind Blockchain Toolkit


Latham & Watkins Represents Underwriters in Phreesia’s Public Offering of Common StockLatham & Watkins Advises Sapiens in Public Offering of its Common SharesTwo Partners Honored as California Trailblazers

Thought Leadership

Swiss Regulator Determines Swiss-US Privacy Shield Is InadequateNew Data Protection Law in the DIFCPractical Considerations for Assessing Data Transfers after Schrems II

Webcasts & Podcasts

Schrems II – Invalidation of the Privacy Shield and the Future of the SCCsPodcast – AI Is Here. Now, Can We Teach the Robots Ethics and Legal Compliance?Webcast – Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum: Answering Privacy and Data Security Challenges