Christopher W. Meyer
Christopher W. Meyer
Chris leads the Firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Information Management Practice. He helps clients protect information through its full life cycle, including creation, use, storage and destruction. He represents clients in the education, financial services, health care, information technology, managed service provider, cloud storage, telecommunications, data marketing, online behavioral advertising, website development and hosting, alternative currency, mobile device, manufacturing, and energy services industries. His practice includes:
- Drafting contracts involving privacy, cybersecurity, data licensing, technology outsourcing and intellectual property issues, including data processing addendums under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and data security addendums;
- Drafting Business Associate Agreements required under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
- Drafting privacy, cybersecurity, computer use, social media, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down policies, and other information-related policies;
- Developing and implementing privacy and cybersecurity compliance programs;
- Conducting risk assessments and data protection impact analyses (DPIAs);
- Security incident and data breach response;
- Cyber insurance coverage analysis and claim disputes;
- Litigation involving unauthorized computer access and data theft;
- Privacy, cybersecurity and data licensing due diligence in M&A transactions;
- Responding to data subject access requests under the GDPR;
- Advising on international data transfers under the GDPR and E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield;
- Responding to website accessibility complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and
- Responding to requests for data protected by federal and state laws, including HIPAA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), among others.
- Chris provides advice on international, federal, and state laws and regulations, and industry self-regulatory guidelines and rules governing privacy, cybersecurity, data, and intellectual property rights, including:
- International: European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), United Kingdom Data Protection Act, German Federal Data Protection Act, Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and Australian Privacy Act.
- U.S. Federal: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Red Flags Rule, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), Cable Communications Policy Act (CCPA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), CAN-SPAM Act, and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
- U.S. State: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
- Self-Regulatory Guidelines: DMA Guidelines, NAI Code of Conduct, and others.
Chris regularly provides advice on international, U.S. federal, U.S. state laws and regulations, industry self-regulatory principles and guidelines, and government agency recommendations concerning privacy, cybersecurity, data protection and intellectual property rights, including:
- International: GDPR, EU ePrivacy Directive, United Kingdom Data Protection Act, German Federal Data Protection Act, Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Australian Privacy Act, and Chinese privacy and cybersecurity law, among others.
- U.S. Federal: HIPAA, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, FERPA, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Red Flags Rule, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Safeguards Rule, ECPA, Cable Communications Policy Act (CCPA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), CAN-SPAM Act, Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and recommendations, among others.
- U.S. State: New York, California, and Massachusetts, among many others.
- Self-Regulatory Principles and Guidelines promulgated by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), Data and Marketing Association (DMA), National Advertising Initiative (NAI) and Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), among others.
Chris also represents clients in corporate, litigation and regulatory matters involving intellectual property and licensing, commercial transactions, corporate governance, insurance regulation and licensing, antitrust, and labor and employment.
Chris is admitted to practice law in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. He also is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and all Federal district courts in New York.
Chris is active in professional and community organizations. He is Chair of the Albany KnowledgeNet Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He also is Immediate Past-Chair of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, and Vice Chair of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Emergency Corps. Chris is the former president of the Clifton Park Baseball League.
Chris received his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Chris holds a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Chris is certified as an information privacy professional for the US, European, and Canadian privacy domains (CIPP/US, CIPP/E and CIPP/C) and as an information privacy manager (CIPM) by the IAPP.
Chris is Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School where he teaches a course on Global Privacy Law. Chris also regularly speaks to legal and business professionals on topics relating to privacy and cybersecurity, including speaking engagements at Albany Law School, the University at Albany, the New York State Bar Association, the Business Council of New York, the Dutchess County Bar Association, the New York State Mortgage Brokers Association, the New York State Telecommunications Association, the Financial Management Association, and others.