Gray Plant Mooty attorney Mike Cohen

Free data privacy guide created for Minnesota businesses

Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty and MN DEED published the guide, which outlines data privacy laws and best practices

By Valerie Engler
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For companies across the state, no matter the industry, adhering to data privacy laws is an important part of day-to-day business. But understanding how those laws  both federal and state  impact the workplace isn’t so easy. That’s why Gray Plant Mooty attorney Mike Cohen created a free guide that outlines what Minnesota businesses need to know.

Published in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, “A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security” provides a review of Minnesota’s data privacy laws and explains how they apply to business owners. Cohen says that many larger companies may have data privacy compliance specialists on staff, but for small to midsize companies, a thorough explanation of the laws is hard to find.

“Privacy is becoming more top of mind for business owners,” Cohen says. “I wanted to give some guidance to Minnesota business owners so that they’re not totally overwhelmed.”

Best practices, explanations of federal and state laws, application of global laws, steps for constructing a compliance program, and key questions businesses should ask when it comes to data privacy are all part of the 157-page document.

“Instead of waiting for a data breach to occur, businesses should assume that there is going to be one,” Cohen says. Putting together a response team, communication plan, and PR strategy should be part of the fire drill.

To learn more about the guide, and to download a copy for free, click here.