Fox Names Mark McCreary As First Chief Privacy Officer

September 18, 2015 – Press Releases

As part of Fox Rothschild’s ongoing commitment to protecting the confidential and personal information of clients and employees, the firm has named Partner Mark G. McCreary as its first Chief Privacy Officer.

“We are committed to taking every step possible to ensure the security and privacy of information in our possession on behalf of our clients and employees,” said Thomas D. Paradise, Fox Rothschild’s General Counsel. “Mark will serve as a needed resource and liaison for our firm’s internal data privacy issues as well as for our clients facing data privacy issues. This position will complement the firm’s robust data privacy practice.”

This newly created position will focus on, among other things:

  • Reviewing existing policies and formulating new policies regarding the collection, handling, storage and use of confidential and personal information in the possession of the firm.
  • Reviewing existing practices and implementing new practices and standards concerning the collection, handling, storage and use of confidential and personal information on all firm devices, as well as physical documents and records.
  • Responding to client requests and inquiries regarding the firm’s confidentiality, privacy and security policies and practices.
  • Developing educational programs for the firm on confidentiality, privacy and security policies and best practices.

McCreary focuses his practice on compliance with privacy-related laws, rules and regulations (domestic and international), as well as responses in the event of a data breach. Because of the incredibly wide range of applicable laws, rules and regulations, McCreary understands that advising on privacy-related issues is not an area of law that should be practiced “on the side,” and diligently stays up-to-date on this ever-changing field. He prepares privacy policies (both intra-company and for customers), handles privacy issues under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and related requirements for the privacy of consumer financial information (including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)), prepares data security plans and assists with data breach responses and notifications.

McCreary is a regular contributor to the firm’s Privacy Compliance & Data Security Blog and he developed a Privacy Desk Reference, which can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/PrivacyDeskReference.