Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods Consulting’s state government relations practice wrote a column featured as “Expert Analysis” in Law360 about the expanding role of state attorneys general in data security issues.
In the Jan. 10 piece, Eige and Schroth stress that companies should be mindful of the important and varying roles related to data privacy and security that state attorneys general offices play in different states.
In some states, they note, that in addition to reporting requirements and civil investigations, “attorneys general also have some level of law-enforcement responsibility related to data breaches and privacy matters.” Explaining that it’s critical to understand the state attorney general’s role and a company’s duties in the event of a data breach, the authors add, “Engaging attorneys general before a crisis occurs and helping shape policy initiatives are also prudent strategies.”
Eige is a senior vice president for McGuireWoods Consulting and a partner in the firm. Schroth is an associate vice president and a counsel for the firm. Both are based in Richmond.