Should Companies Retaliate Against Hackers? Here’s What Experts Are Saying

In this article by Levick CEO Richard Levick, Jon Frankel comments on the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDCA) and the importance of correctly attributing a cyber attack.

LightYear Is FTC’s Data Security Warning To B2B Companies

In this Law360 article, Jason Wool, Michelle Anderson, and Marci Rozen discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s intent on enforcing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) on a wider array of technology companies involved in financial services following their recent settlement with an automotive software developer. This article is paywalled.

Cybersecurity Lawmaking Needs Help From Specialists

In the absence of comprehensive federal cybersecurity legislation applicable to U.S. businesses, states have been addressing the issue through their own laws and regulations. In this article for Law360, Jason Wool discusses the importance of including both technologists and information security lawyers in the bill drafting and amendment process. This article is paywalled.

ZwillGen Named Once Again as a Top Law Firm for Female Attorneys

We are extremely proud to be named once again as a top law firm for female attorneys in Law360’s annual Glass Ceiling Report.  This article is paywalled.

Navigating the Risks of Alternative Data Collection and Use

With regulations such as the GDPR and the California Consumer Protection Act imposing additional restrictions on data usage in general and alternative data in particular, it is increasingly critical for companies to understand what data sets it collects and what usage restrictions or requirements may attach to the data. ZwillGen shareholder Stacey Brandenburg spoke to the Cybersecurity Law Report about alternative data, its uses, risks and legal considerations, and recommended steps to mitigate these risks. This article is paywalled.

ZwillGen Launches $100,000 Relief Initiative to Support Furloughed Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2019 – ZwillGen PLLC launched an initiative today to provide up to $100,000 in relief to federal workers who are affected by the government shutdown. Furloughed federal workers in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area can receive no-interest, no-fee loans for up to $500 without a credit check and with generous repayment terms.

To avoid any conflicts of interest, eligible federal workers must work for agencies where ZwillGen does not have any pending business and where the firm is unlikely to have any in the near future. These include agencies such as the EPA, National Park Service, and the TSA, and others to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Federal employees must also make less than $65,000 annually and work in the D.C. area to be eligible.

Interested federal employees should visit:

“We hope the President stops holding federal workers hostage as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we cannot ignore the needs of those in our community who are most affected,” said Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen’s Founder and Managing Member. “We will do our part to help for as long as the shutdown is in effect.”

ZwillGen estimates that the initiative can help at least 200 people in the D.C. area. The firm invites its clients and other law firms to join this effort by providing additional funding. With more funds the program can support more furloughed workers.

“Our clients also care for those in need,” said Zwillinger. “We invite others who want to help to follow our lead. The opportunity here is simple: with more funds we all can help reduce the impact of this shutdown for more people.”

ZwillGen clients and partners who want to speak with us about this initiative can contact Alli Goings at

Protecting Personal Data: Insights from Brussels, Silicon Valley, and Beyond

Join the chief GDPR regulator and our own Mason Weisz in San Francisco on Wednesday, November 7 for a free “fireside chat” sponsored by the European Union. With a few other distinguished panelists, they will discuss EU, U.S., and California privacy developments. Food and drink will be served.

Buying and Using Alternative Data Sources: Best Practices

Join Marc Zwillinger at the 2018 Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, DC where he will speak alongside a vendor and a regulator on a panel that aims to discuss the ins and outs of alternative data including how to determine whether or not a source is reputable and best privacy practices for vendors.

Ohio Adopts Pioneering Cybersecurity Safe Harbor for Companies

Ohio has become the first state to enact legislation providing safe harbor for businesses that implement a written cybersecurity program that “reasonably conforms” to certain cybersecurity frameworks or laws to protect personal information. In the September 19, 2018 issue of The Cybersecurity Law Report, Jason Wool provides insights on the significance of the Ohio Data Protection Act, which will become effective on November 2, 2018. This article is paywalled.

Après 25 May: how has the GDPR most impacted US companies?

After the daily deluge of privacy policy update notification emails this past spring and the dramatic, 11th hour passage of GDPR-inspired legislation in California this summer, it has been almost impossible to avoid hearing about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the US. But now that May 25 has come and gone, what are US companies actually doing to comply with the GDPR, and how has the GDPR impacted both their day-to-day operations as well as their overall privacy and security programs and strategies? Melissa Maalouf and Michelle Anderson provide their perspective on what US companies are doing, the challenges they’re facing, and the ways in which the GDPR has affected the US privacy landscape. This article was originally published in the August 2018 issue of Data Protection Leader.