Privacy & Cybersecurity Compliance and Counseling

Ropes & Gray’s compliance and counseling team helps clients manage information globally and leverage data, personal information and digital technologies to meet compliance obligations, support innovation, deliver value to the business, and solidify brand and consumer trust.


We advise on all aspects of privacy and cybersecurity law, including undertaking comprehensive privacy and security assessments, building global compliance programs for businesses operating across multiple jurisdictions and industries, negotiating contracts concerning data and vendor relationships, and assessing and addressing the privacy and security risks in corporate transactions.

Our compliance and counseling team is composed of attorneys in the firm’s offices in Asia, Europe and the United States, allowing us to provide real-time global advice to clients in diverse business sectors, including financial services, asset management, technology, retail, consumer products, health care and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, media, academic institutions, and energy.

In jurisdictions in which we do not have an office, we work seamlessly and efficiently with our network of data protection experts to address local laws, cultural nuances and geographical considerations. This network allows us to deliver efficient, cost-effective advice on every continent, streamlining multinational reviews and reducing administrative burdens. We drive positive privacy and security change across our clients’ platforms—wherever our clients do business.

Our capabilities encompass:

  • Privacy and Data Protection Advice: We provide day-to-day advice on how privacy and data protection laws affect business operations, new product and service deployment, and potential transactions.
  • Cybersecurity Compliance and Risk Mitigation: We advise clients on the law of cybersecurity and related requirements. We regularly work with the best cybersecurity consultants in the business to perform privileged vulnerability assessments, “red team” assignments, cyber-readiness exercises and to test hardware and software, including applications and systems, before or after deployment to identify and mitigate risks to corporate systems and information.
  • Service Provider Relationships: We negotiate contracts for, and on behalf of, service providers that process personal data or other client information, including software as a service providers and providers handling sophisticated technology transactions. 
  • Online Advertising and Electronic Marketing: We advise clients on issues related to online advertising, data collection and processing, and electronic marketing.
  • Affiliate Marketing Rules: We counsel clients on their compliance obligations with regard to the sharing of nonpublic personal information among affiliated entities (including between parent and subsidiary companies; joint ventures; or private investment, mutual or private equity funds).
  • “Red Flag” Rules: We advise our clients on FTC regulations, commonly known as “red flag rules,” that require certain financial institutions to adopt identity theft prevention programs; we also provide written policies and develop training materials.
  • Payment Card Company-Related Issues: We counsel on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and related card brand rules, help clients build PCI compliance programs, design e-commerce platforms to reduce legal risk, and negotiate PCI-related agreements.


Ropes & Gray’s privacy & cybersecurity advisory team has wide-ranging experience. Highlights include:

  • Performed a privacy, security and digital risk assessment for a consumer products company with operations in more than 100 countries, including assessments for compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive (as implemented nationally).
  • Advised major private equity businesses on global compliance strategy, including risk assessment of portfolio company liabilities under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Rolled out a global privacy policy, terms of use and corresponding user dashboard for a popular suite of fitness apps using teams of local counsel spanning five continents.
  • Managed a global team of privacy and security experts providing advice to a U.S.-based technology company on privacy and security compliance relevant to planned expansion in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • Developed a global privacy program for a food products company in more than 40 countries.