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Matthew F. Fitzsimmons

Matthew F. Fitzsimmons

Connecticut Office of the Attorney General
Assistant Attorney General, Department Head, Privacy and Data Security Department
Hartford, CT, USA


Matthew Fitzsimmons is an Assistant Attorney General in Connecticut, heading that Office’s Privacy and Data Security Department. He serves as the lead attorney in the Office on all matters involving data security and privacy. AAG Fitzsimmons has been in a lead role in several multistate data breach and general consumer protection investigations. He also served as co-lead counsel in the first-ever state enforcement action for alleged violations of HIPAA. AAG Fitzsimmons has litigated an array of complex matters involving violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act in state and federal court.

In 2011, Attorney General Jepsen appointed AAG Fitzsimmons to lead a multidisciplinary Privacy Task Force to educate the public about data protection and to focus the office's response to Internet privacy concerns and data breaches that affect consumers. In March 2015, Attorney General George Jepsen created a dedicated and permanent Privacy and Data Security Department within the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and appointed AAG Fitzsimmons as its Department Head. The formation of an official Department was in part to ensure that the privacy and data security work of the office maintains the high level of excellence and cutting edge commitment it receives today by dedicating staff to work exclusively on privacy-related matters. Like the Task Force before it, the new Department will be responsible for all investigations involving consumer privacy and data security. It will also help to educate the public and business community about their responsibilities, which include protecting personally identifiable and sensitive data and promptly notifying affected individuals and the Office of the Attorney General when breaches do occur.

AAG Fitzsimmons is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at industry and continuing legal education events on the topic of data privacy and security, and has contributed to panel discussions in the United States and Canada. Recently, AAG Fitzsimmons was named one of Law360’s “5 Influential Privacy Regulators That You Should Know,” as well as being named to Connecticut Magazine’s 2014 “Forty under 40” and Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in the Law.”

AAG Fitzsimmons also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches oral advocacy and brief writing as part of the school’s Moot Court program. AAG Fitzsimmons received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Hartford and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Matthew F. Fitzsimmons is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment The Latest Insights from Privacy & Data Security Regulators - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Wednesday, June 07, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Latest Insights from Privacy & Data Security Regulators - The Latest Insights from Privacy & Data Security Regulators , Wednesday, June 07, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Latest Insights from Privacy & Data Security Regulators - The Latest Insights from Privacy & Data Security Regulators , Wednesday, June 07, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 22, 2017, New York, NY
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