November 25, 2020

Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
(716) 847-8340


Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP will host a Data Security & Privacy Law Webinar titled, “Smart Gadgets and Employee Screenings: How to Manage Biometric Data.” The event will take place on Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. via WebEx. Phillips Lytle Partners Anna Mercado Clark and Linda T. Prestegaard, and Candidate for the Bar Mario Fadi Ayoub, will present the webinar.

What do smart TVs, smart watches and smart home systems have in common with employee screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic? In most instances, the gadgets involved collect personal information, including voice, photo, video, fingerprint, retinal scans and other biometric data. This webinar will discuss how data may be getting collected and how to manage the resulting security risks, as well as employer obligations when gathering employees’ personal data.

As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and e-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Clark has been awarded the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), preeminent designations by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations.

Ms. Prestegaard advises employers on the full range of employment and workplace issues, and represents them in federal and state courts and agency proceedings defending Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and Human Rights Law claims. Ms. Prestegaard handles wage and hour collective and class actions under the FLSA and New York Labor Law, as well as investigations and actions by federal and state Departments of Labor. She has represented higher education institutions with her work on faculty tenure and contract disputes, investigations of claims of misconduct and civil rights violations, regulatory compliance, faculty and staff handbooks, appointment letters and affirmative action plans.

Ms. Prestegaard also represents management in traditional labor law matters, including conducting training regarding concerted activity, union awareness and campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings and LMRA litigations. She also has extensive experience investigating claims of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct. In addition, Ms. Prestegaard conducts training on avoiding sexual and other harassment in the workplace, wage and hour compliance, human resources best practices and other workplace issues.

Mr. Ayoub will concentrate his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on data security and privacy matters.

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