Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Security Team. She is nationally ranked in CHAMBERS USA: America's Leading Lawyers for business in the area of Privacy Law. She currently serves as general counsel to the Rhode Island Quality Institute. Ms. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. She counsels clients on state and federal data privacy and security investigations.
Ms. Freedman works with companies and organizations to adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high-risk data throughout their organization. She advises them to identify high-risk data—both paper and electronic—and to implement measures to protect it and help them develop defensible, and reasonable, approaches to comply with constantly evolving regulatory requirements and the risk of a data breach and cyber intrusions.
She has extensive experience in HIPAA compliance and has recently helped clients in the following areas:
- data mapping and development of enterprise-wide privacy and security plans
- developing approaches to comply with various privacy requirements, including safe harbor applications
- compliance with industry-specific privacy and data protection regulations, including TCPA, COPPA, FCRA, FERPA, HIPAA, CalOPPA, and the Gramm Leach Bliley Act
- Written Information Security Plans (WISPs) in compliance with Massachusetts and other states data & security regulations
- HIPAA compliance programs and employee awareness training
- patient portals
- data use and sharing agreements for health information exchanges
- software and cloud vendor agreements
- data breach response, remediation, coordination, and litigation
- multiple investigations by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights
- privacy and security investigations by state regulatory authorities
- guidance regarding the privacy and data protection implications associated with the deployment of mobile communication and data storage technologies
- guidance regarding mobile applications and location-based services
- website privacy policies and terms and conditions of use
- social media policies, practices, and procedures
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Freedman was a partner at Nixon Peabody, where she served as leader of the firm's Privacy & Data Protection Group. She also served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General's Office for the State of Rhode Island.