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: www.myshutdownrelief.com

“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 Alli@zwillgen.com.

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.

ZwillGen Nabs Oath Atty to Aid Companies with Government Data Demands

ZwillGen welcomes longtime friend of the firm and former Oath/Yahoo attorney, Chris Madsen, to ZwillGen as Counsel and Managing Director for ZG Subpoena Solutions (ZGSS). “Chris brings valuable perspective and insight gained from years of in-house experience and at the Department of Justice,” said Marc Zwillinger. “He has a deep understanding of how to navigate nuanced legal and policy issues, particularly with respect to law enforcement matters. We are very lucky to have him help lead ZGSS.” This Law360 article is paywalled.

Legal Landmines: How Law and Policy are Rapidly Shaping Information Security

Allison Bender will be attending Black Hat USA 2018 where she will be participating in the briefing, “Legal Landmines: How Law and Policy are Rapidly Shaping Information Security,” which aims to discuss emerging legal trends in information security.

Allison counsels Fortune 50 companies and startups in a range of industries on cybersecurity and privacy matters in the U.S. and internationally. Drawing from her roots in government, national security, and R&D, she helps clients navigate legal issues associated with emerging technologies and aids clients in strategically managing legal, financial, and reputational cybersecurity risks.

To Ease Pain of Breach Notification Laws, Protect Passwords

As an increasing number of states expand their breach notification laws to include user credentials, companies should review their policies surrounding password creation and storage. In this Law360 article, Jason Wool discusses these laws as well as issues companies should consider when reviewing their password practices. This article is paywalled.

ZwillGen Bolsters Law Enforcement Team, Welcomes Former Oath Attorney Chris Madsen

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2018 – ZwillGen welcomes longtime friend of the firm and former Oath/Yahoo attorney, Chris Madsen, to ZwillGen as Counsel and Managing Director for ZG Subpoena Solutions (ZGSS).

Chris joins ZwillGen after more than a decade working on law enforcement and security matters in government and in-house at Oath/Yahoo, most recently as Vice President & Chief Counsel for Global Law Enforcement, Security and Safety. While at Oath/Yahoo, Chris led the legal teams responsible for formulation and implementation of law enforcement, data security, and content moderation policies and gained first-hand experience with a panoply of legal and policy issues that companies face with respect to law enforcement, data breaches, and user-generated content.

Chris said, “I am excited to work with ZwillGen and ZGSS to bring innovative solutions to clients that have to respond to government and third-party demands for data. Companies have to adapt to changes in demands for user data, in volume and in type, and keep up with frequently changing law and industry practice. ZG and ZGSS are leaders in this area, with deep experience and connections. I look forward to building on this foundation and adding my own in-house experience to help clients stay on top of these important issues.”

ZwillGen Founder, Marc Zwillinger, stated, “Chris brings valuable perspective and insight gained from years of in-house experience and at the Department of Justice. He has a deep understanding of how to navigate nuanced legal and policy issues, particularly with respect to law enforcement matters. We are very lucky to have him help lead ZGSS.”

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

Media Law Resource Center is partnering with Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for their annual conference, Legal Frontiers in Digital Media. The conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world. Stacey Brandenburg will be speaking at the session, “Scraping By with the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act.”