Cynthia J. Larose: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Cynthia J. Larose


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Practice Areas

  • Privacy & Security
  • Joint Ventures
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Collaborations & Technology Transfer
  • Cable & Broadband
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • International
  • Communications
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Wireline Communications
  • Product Risk Management & Response
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Technology
  • Communications & Media
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Sports
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.1732
Fax: 617-542-2241
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
University University of Massachusetts, B.A.; Boston University, M.S.
Law SchoolBoston University, J.D.
Admitted1988, New Hampshire; Massachusetts; District of Columbia

• Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
• Member, Computer Law Association
• Member, Federal Communications Bar Association


Cynthia is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Security Practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

She represents companies in information, communications, and technology, including e-commerce and other electronic transactions. She counsels clients through all stages of the corporate lifecycle, from start-ups through mid- and later-stage financings to IPO, and has broad experience in technology and business law, including online contracting issues, licensing, domain name issues, software development, and complex outsourcing transactions.

Cynthia has extensive experience in privacy, data security, and information management matters, including state, federal, and international laws and regulations on the use and transfer of information, behavioral advertising, data security breach compliance and incident response, data breach incident response planning, as well as data transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions.

She conducts privacy audits and risk assessments to determine data and transaction flow and to assess privacy practices, and assists with drafting and implementation of privacy policies and information security policies and procedures and monitoring of privacy best practices across all levels of the enterprise.

She is a frequent speaker on privacy issues at conferences and media appearances and presents privacy awareness and compliance training seminars to client companies.

During law school, she was editor-in-chief of theProbate Law Journal.


• Quoted inStates Making Tough New Breach Notification Demands,Compliance Week (07.08.2014)

• Mintz Levin Represents Time Inc. in Acquisition of Cozi Inc., (06.19.2014)

• Fifty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2014 Guide, (05.23.2014)

• Mintz Levin Attorney Cynthia J. Larose to Speak on WBZ Radio Cyber Security Panel, (05.19.2014)

• Quoted inCorporate Risk Management Goes Digital,Corporate Counsel (04.11.2014)

• Quoted in'Heartbleed' Bug Threatens Breach Reporting Safe Harbor,Law360 (04.09.2014)

• Quoted inData Braches Put a Dent in Colleges' Finances as Well as Reputations,The Chronicle of Higher Education (03.21.2014)

• Quoted inHolder's Support Boosts Breach Alert Bill, But Hurdles Loom,Law360 (02.25.2014)

• Quoted inThe Issues Surrounding the Target Data Breach,Retailing Today (02.24.2014)

• Quoted inLaw Firms Race to Get on Top of Data Breach Avalanche,Law360 (01.31.2014)

• Featured inViews on the Target Data Breach,BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report (01.16.2014)

• Quoted inTarget Data Breach Could Be Costly for Payment Partners,Reuters (01.14.2014)

• Mintz Levin Attorney Jonathan T. Cain Earns Prestigious U.S. Government Information Privacy Professional Certification, (12.10.2013)

• Mintz Levin Attorney Jake Romero Receives Prestigious Information Privacy Professional Certification, (12.04.2013)

• Quoted inPayment Card Industry Group Retools Data Security,Law360 (11.08.2013)

• Quoted inSecurity Flaws Land ACA Contractors in Legal Crosshairs,Law360 (11.06.2013)

• Quoted inJudge Cuts Google No Slack in Gmail Wiretap Case,E-Commerce Times (09.27.2013)

• Quoted inVa. Tech Data Breach Reveals Info on 145K Job Applicants,Law360 (09.24.2013)

• Mintz Levin's Cynthia Larose to Speak on Data Breaches to Boston Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, (09.17.2013)

• Quoted inSEC Workers Victimized in Thumb Drive Data Breach,Law360 (07.26.2013)

• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2013 Guide, (05.24.2013)

• Quoted inAs Data Breaches Rise, AGs Emerge as Primary Enforcers,Law360 (05.06.2013)

• Quoted inZip Codes are Private Info, Says Massachusetts Supreme Court, (03.19.2013)

• QuotedZIP Code Ruling Puts Retailers in Privacy Hot Seat,Law360 (03.14.2013)

• Quoted inPrivacy Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2013,Law360 (01.01.2013)

• Quoted inData Thieves Target Checkouts,USA Today (11.06.2012)

• Forty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2012 Guide, (06.07.2012)

• Quoted inPrivacy Legislation and Regulation to Watch in 2012,Law360 (01.01.2012)

• Mintz Levin Attorney Cynthia Larose to Moderate Panel at 2011 MIT Sloan CFO Summit, (11.04.2011)

• Quoted inLiability in Credit Card Breach Suits Tied to Strict Industry Standards,Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (05.16.2011)

• Thirty Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2011 Guide, (03.21.2011)

• Webinar: Export Licenses - What you need to know for compliance, (01.20.2011)

• Mintz Levin Represents Alphatec Holdings, Inc. in $92 Million Public Offering, (04.22.2010)

• Cynthia Larose to Receive Boston University Woman's Law Association 2010 Leila Josephine Robinson Award, (04.08.2010)

• Mintz Levin Adds Six Attorneys to Chambers USA 2010 Guide, (03.23.2010)

• Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Named in the Top Ten Corporate Lawyers in Boston by Women's Business Boston, (01.13.2010)

• Featured inTop Ten Corporate Lawyers,Women's Business Boston (01.01.2010)

• Cynthia Larose Recognized in the Top Ten Corporate Lawyers in Boston by Women's Business Boston, (01.08.2009)

• Mintz Levin Represents Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority in $400 Million Bond Offering, (09.26.2008)

Recognitions & Awards

Chambers USA: Nationwide - Privacy & Data Security (2010 - 2014)
Chambers Global: Privacy & Data Security (2011 - 2012)
• Woman of Technology 2001 by Women in Technology, Inc.
Two Thousand Notable American Women (2001)
Women's Business Boston: Top 10 Women Lawyers in Boston (2005)
Women's Business Boston: Top 10 Corporate Lawyers in Boston (2009 - 2010)
• Named a Rising Star byBoston Magazine (2011)
• Leila Josephine Robinson Award, Boston University Woman's Law Association (2010)
Boston Digital Industry News: Best General Lawyer for a High-Tech Firm
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Information Technology/Outsourcing (2005)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker,Higher Education Data Breach Response: What to Do and What Not to Do,The Boston Consortium for Higher Education, Boston Consortium for Higher Education , Wellesley, MA (06.19.2014)

• Speaker,Legal Issues: SEC Guidance on Shareholder Communications and Social Media,Corporate Directors Group Boston, Corporate Directors Group Boston , Dedham, MA (06.12.2014)

• Panelist,Cyber Security and Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Business from Cyber Crime,TD Bank WBZ Business Breakfast, Boston, MA (06.12.2014)

• Security Breaches, Target, and How It All Affects You, NorthEast Disaster Recovery X-Change (NEDRIX), Quincy, MA (05.07.2014)

• Panelist,Risk-based Approach to Cyber Security, ALM, Corporate Counsel, and United Lex (04.10.2014)

• Speaker,Technology Law Update: Recent Developments in Social Media & Internet Law,Social Media: Legal Risks and Strategies, New England Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (NECCA) , Waltham, MA (04.02.2014)

• Moderator,NIST Framework: How to Best Mitigate Cyber Risk for Your Organization, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (03.25.2014)

• Moderator,Cybersecurity: How to Manage the Risk, Hispanic National Bar Association Conference, Orlando, FL (03.20.2014)

• Panelist,Privacy,Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2014, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (01.27.2014)

• Speaker,Employee Data Privacy / What HR Needs to Know, The TemPositions Group of Companies, New York, NY (11.14.2013)

• Speaker,Cybersecurity Risk and the Board of Directors, Women Corporate Directors (10.07.2013)

• Panelist,Big Data Business Law: Grappling with Godzilla - Global Best Practices for Data Analytics,International Bar Association Annual Meeting, International Bar Association, Boston, MA (10.07.2013)

• Cyber-Security and Data Privacy: Advising Corporate Leadership On Critical Risk Issues,Technology and In-house Counsel: Managing To Protect And Enhance Your Business, Suffolk University 2nd Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (10.04.2013)

• Panelist,Cybersecurity: It's Not Just for IT Anymore, Mintz Levin, Willis FINEX North America, Kroll Advisory Solutions, Boston, MA (09.26.2013)

• Speaker,After Patco: What is Legally Defensible Security in a Commercial Customer Relationship,Northwest Summit for Financial Professionals, Association for Financial Professionals, Seattle, WA (05.10.2013)

• Panelist,Cyber Security: Advising Corporate Leaders on Critical Risk Issues, New England Legal Foundation, Boston, MA (05.02.2013)

• Speaker,Outsourcing Services to a Third Party - Privacy Impacts and Service Organization Control Reports, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Mintz Levin, Webinar (05.02.2013)

• Speaker,Safe Social Media Policies for HR Managers Panel, Ascentis, Webinar (04.09.2013)

• Speaker,The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.30.2013)

• Panelist,Privacy,Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2013, PLI, Webinar (01.28.2013)

• Panelist,Legal & Compliance Issues in Information Security,2012 Blackstone General Counsel Conference, New York, NY (11.15.2012)

• Speaker,The Era of Big Data - Governance, Risk and Compliance Issues, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego, CA (10.18.2012)

• Speaker,Learn About Network Security, Privacy Risk, and Ways to Help Protect Your Business, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Boston, MA (09.24.2012)

• Panelist,Real World Strategies for Managing Real Risks to Your Business, Security and IP Special Interest Groups of CommNexus, San Diego, CA (09.19.2012)

• Speaker,Hands-On Data Security Compliance Workshop, WinMagic, Lenovo, and Mintz Levin, Irvine, CA & La Jolla, CA (06.28.2011)

• Speaker,IAPP Privacy Bootcamp, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Waltham, MA (06.17.2011)

• Speaker,Privacy & Security Under HIPAA / HITECH in an Era of Heightened Enforcement, Mintz Levin, Webinar (06.01.2011)

• Speaker,Data Privacy and Security Issues for the Not-for-Profit: 201 CMR 17.00, PCI, and Other Acronyms You Should Know,Data Privacy and Security Issues for the Not-for-Profit: 201 CMR 17.00, PCI, and Other Acronyms You, Mintz Levin, Webinar (05.04.2011)

• Panelist,Privacy and Information Security Landscape in the Wake of WikiLeaks, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Boston, MA (04.07.2011)

• Speaker,Privacy Compliance and Data Security Protocols, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (03.23.2011)

• Panelist,MRIMS Educational Spring Conference, Massachusetts Risk and Insurance Management Society, Waltham, MA (03.17.2011)

• Speaker,Privacy Compliance and Data Security Protocols, Mintz Levin, New York, NY (02.08.2011)

• Speaker,Export Licenses: What You Need to Know for Compliance, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.20.2011)

• Speaker,You're Being Followed - Online Privacy Today,Digital Media SIG Event, MIT Enterprise Forum (11.15.2010)

• Panelist,Health Care and Massachusetts Data Protection Laws, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (09.21.2010)

• Speaker,Massachusetts Data Security Regulations: Demystifying the Details, Northeast Human Resources Association, Webinar (05.10.2010)

• Panelist,Demystifying the Massachusetts Data Protection Law: A Hands-On Workshop, MFA - Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, Tewksbury, MA (03.25.2010)

• Speaker,Data Security Issues in Licensing Deals, IP Licensing Subcommittee (02.18.2010)

• Speaker,Privacy Training and Awareness, International Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet Series (01.28.2010)

• Speaker,Numbers You Should Know: 201 CMR 17.00 - Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth,Numbers You Should Know: 201 CMR 17.00 - Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Info, New England Corporate Counsel Association, Boston, MA (11.04.2009)

• Speaker,Data Security Hot Buttons Roundtable, Axis Technology (10.29.2009)

• Panelist,Massachusetts Privacy Law: And You Thought Your Network Was All Buttoned Down!?, FEI Boston, Boston, MA (10.06.2009)

• Panelist,Data Security and Privacy - HIPAA to ARRA to Red Flags to 201 CMR 17.00,Data Security and Privacy: HIPAA to ARRA to Red Flags to 201 CMR 17.00, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Annual Meeting, Hyannis, MA (05.07.2009)

• Speaker,Identity Theft Red Flag Rules and Discrepancy Requirements for Healthcare Providers,Securing Patient Information Wherever It Goes, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (03.27.2009)

• Speaker,It's Midnight, May 1, 2009. Do You Know Where Your Information Security Plan Is?, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.27.2009)

• Speaker,New Massachusetts Privacy and Security Regulations, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society Breakfast Meeting (01.15.2009)


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“Backoff” Update — More Widespread, PCI Council Issues Call to Action — If You Accept Credit Cards Via Point-of-Sale, You Need to Read This
Cynthia J. Larose, September 1, 2014
Some weeks ago, we wrote a piece “What You Need to Know About Backoff Malware: The New Threat Targeting Retailers” . It’s apparently gotten worse. Any business utilizing point-of-sale (POS) terminals for “swiping” credit cards needs to pay attention to this threat and...

Making Privacy Practices Public: the California Attorney General’s New Guidelines Keep the Focus on the Consumer’s Perspective and New Disclosure Requirements
Cynthia J. Larose,Jake Romero, June 9, 2014
In 2013, the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) was amended to require web sites and other online services to make additional privacy policy disclosures related to online tracking transparency. Within the online privacy policy that is required under CalOPPA, web site and online...

SEC Cybersecurity Initiative: Five Steps ALL Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Should be Taking
Cynthia J. Larose,Breton Leone-Quick,A. W. "Chip" Phinney,Joel D. Rothman, May 13, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert announcing its Cybersecurity Initiative. What does this mean to broker-dealers and investment advisers and, even if you are not one of the “chosen...

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