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


  • Washington, D.C. Counsel Named to Prestigious Data Privacy 40 Under 40 List - May 12, 2021
  • Hong Kong Associate Named Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year in Asia - May 04, 2021
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information Partners Named to Incident Response 40 List - April 08, 2021
  • Latham Earns Top Fintech Rankings Globally - February 10, 2021
  • For Second Consecutive Year, Latham Honored Among Top Cybersecurity & Privacy Groups - December 22, 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


Preparing for China’s New Data Laws: Understanding the Impact on Japanese Corporations

Media Coverage

Top Healthcare Lawyers: Heather DeixlerWashington, D.C. Counsel Named to Prestigious Data Privacy 40 Under 40 ListCybersecurity & Privacy Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins


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Thought Leadership

GIR Know How Data Privacy & Transfer in Investigations – SingaporeCNIL Publishes White Paper on Digital Payments and Data PrivacyChina Introduces Legislation on Personal Information Protection

Webcasts & Podcasts

Preparing for China’s New Data Laws Part II: The Impact on BusinessPreparing for China’s New Data Laws: How to Leverage GDPR Compliance for PIPLThe Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities: A Six-Month Update