Gretchen Ramos advises numerous multinational companies in various industries in the rapidly changing field of privacy and data security. A Certified Information Privacy Professional in both the US and Europe, she is also thoroughly knowledgeable on data protection laws in Asia Pacific. She advises clients on a wide range of compliance issues, making sure policies and procedures are in place both to protect against data breaches and to deal with them should they occur, and to make sure clients have sufficient security measures in place to protect the data and support the privacy policies. She also regularly assists companies in handling all matters relating to data incidents where personal data was accessed by unauthorized computer hackers, including attorney general and other law enforcement notifications, and customer notifications.
Gretchen currently serves as privacy counsel for several Northern California technology companies, including various genomic data companies, and assists them with addressing complicated privacy issues, improving their privacy programs and planning for EU GDPR compliance. She works with her clients to manage data so as to leverage its value in ways that meet compliance obligations and also deliver value to the business and instil consumer trust. Gretchen’s clients come from diverse business sectors, including technology, consumer products, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, academic institutions and non-profits. She has guided various organizations through privacy and security assessments and regularly drafts and negotiates data transfer agreements.
Gretchen has successfully litigated, mediated and arbitrated small and large commercial disputes, including class actions, at state and federal courts nationwide. Her extensive litigation background allows her to advise clients on the litigation risks they face in determining how to handle various privacy issues. In addition to providing compliance advice, Gretchen defends companies facing individual and class action claims involving privacy, information security and consumer protection.
Gretchen regularly speaks, publishes and blogs on current privacy and security issues.