Chris Hart is an experienced civil litigator and human rights lawyer with a focus on cybersecurity and global data protection. As co-chair of Foley Hoag’s Privacy and Data Security practice, Chris counsels clients—ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies—on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance, incident response, government investigations, and litigation stemming from an organization’s data management and governance practices.
Chris is a certified privacy professional with substantial experience advising clients regarding their obligations internationally and in the U.S., including with regard to the California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the UK and EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Canada’s Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPEDA), and a host of domestic and international regulatory frameworks. He counsels companies regarding the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Stored Communications Act (SCA), the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA), as well as relevant state analogs. Chris also provides substantial support as a subject matter expert to the firm’s transactional practice.
Chris has successfully counseled hospitals, tech companies, financial institutions, cannabis and energy clients, and non-profits concerning data security incidents. As a leader of the firm’s Cybersecurity Incident Response Team, Chris coaches companies through incident investigation and response, works closely with forensic consultants, manages organizations’ ensuing compliance obligations, and defends and advocates on behalf of organizations facing government investigations or litigation stemming from incidents.