Survey: The best privacy advisers of 2010

This year's survey finds law firms still tops

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The survey also showed that firms may be looking for services beyond traditional advice from experts. New entrants to the list of top vote-getters include service providers, a certification firm and a professional association. Among them:

• San Francisco-based Truste is the provider of the popular Web-privacy seal and a number of other privacy-verification products and services.

• Portland, Ore.-based ID Experts and Austin-based Debix provide data-breach response services.

• Toronto-based Nymity provides an information portal for privacy content.

•Seattle-based MediaPro offers computer-based training for privacy and security.

The International Association of Privacy Professionals organizes the best-attended privacy conferences and offers the CIPP certification for the privacy profession.

Table 1: Top firms for privacy advice

Firm Voting Tier
† Hunton & Williams 1
† Morrison & Foerster 2
† Foley & Lardner 2
† Privacy & Information Management Services 2
‡ Samet Privacy 2
† Hogan Lovells 2
‡ PricewaterhouseCoopers 2
‡ Ernst & Young 2
† Covington & Burling 2
‡ Corporate Privacy Group 3
‡ Deloitte & Touche 3
‡ Rebecca Herold & Associates 3
† Wiley Rein 3
IAPP 3
† Infolaw Group 3
Ponemon Institute 3
† Baker & Mckenzie 3
Truste 3
† Drinker Biddle & Reath 3
† Field Fisher Waterhouse 3
† Bird & Bird 3
Nymity 3
‡ Mitre 3
† Oldaker Belair & Wittie 3
Debix 3
† DLA Piper 3
ID Experts 3
MediaPro 3
† Venable 3
In the table below, law firms are marked with a dagger symbol (†), and consulting firms with a double dagger (‡). The firms are ranked in order of the number of votes received, but banded into three tiers to compensate for statistical margin of error. Tier 1 firms garnered more than 10% of total votes, Tier 2 firms received 3% to 10%, and Tier 3 firms achieved 1 to 2% of votes.

In the interest of full disclosure, Minnesota Privacy Consultants, the author's firm, finished behind Foley & Lardner.
Source: Minnesota Privacy Consultants
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