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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chairs the firm’s Data Privacy and Security and Artificial Intelligence Teams. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.

On June 2, 2024, cloud service provider Snowflake reported increased cyber threat activity targeting some of its customer’s accounts. Snowflake recommended that customers review unusual activity to detect and prevent unauthorized user access.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) then sent an alert on June 3, 2024, recommending that Snowflake customers “hunt for malicious activity

Since I hang out with a lot of CISOs, and understand their pain points, I urge readers to send a “thank you” and “you are the best” message to their CISO. You can’t imagine the pressure and stress they are under to try to protect the company’s data. To get a glimpse of why you

Wow! It’s hard to believe this blog marks the 400th Privacy Tip since I started writing many years ago. I hope the tips have been helpful over the years and that you have been able to share them with others to spread the word. 

I thought it would be fun to pick 10 (ok—technically, a few more than 10) Privacy Tips and re-publish them (in case you missed them) in honor of our 400th Privacy Tip milestone. We have published tips that are relevant to the hot issues of the time, but some are time-honored. It was really hard to pick, but here they are:Continue Reading Privacy Tip #400 – Best of First 400 Privacy Tips

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE), the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, has agreed to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for $10 million over allegations that it failed to timely notify the SEC of the cybersecurity incident it experienced in 2021 involving its virtual private network.

The SEC alleged that ICE should

To add to TikTok’s legal woes in the U.S., Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers (AG) filed suit against TikTok on May 22, 2024, alleging that TikTok violated Nebraska’s consumer protection laws and engaged in deceptive trade practices by “designing and operating a platform that is addictive and harmful to teens and children.” In addition, the

On May 10, 2024, CISA, along with the FBI, HHS, and MS-ISAC, issued a joint Cybersecurity Advisory relating to Black Basta ransomware affiliates “that have targeted over 500 private industry and critical infrastructure entities, including healthcare organizations, in North America, Europe, and Australia.”

The Black Basta Advisory provides information on how the threat actors gain

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its partners recently issued helpful guidance for entities that have limited resources to address cyber threats. The guidance, entitled “Mitigating Cyber Threats with Limited Resources: Guidance for Civil Society,” is targeted to assist civil society—“nonprofit, advocacy, cultural, faith-based, academic, think tanks, journalist, dissident, and diaspora organizations, communities