Rachel Haney defends companies in privacy and security litigation on a range of matters, including requests for user information and content, government investigations, and cases involving free speech and online publishing. Her counseling practice focuses on advising companies on compliance with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the CyberTipline Modernization Act, and FOSTA-SESTA. Rachel helps service providers develop policies and strategies for moderating user-generated content, protecting their services and users, and advancing platform safety. She also is active in the firm’s Tech Amicus practice and has briefed a number of content moderation and Fourth Amendment issues on behalf of technology clients.
While on a year-long secondment with Facebook, Rachel advised the platform on a range of online safety and content moderation issues, including mandatory reporting to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). She also counseled the platform on identifying and handling material subject to reporting and preservation, responding to follow-up legal requests, and training employees on associated obligations.
In her active pro bono practice, Rachel advocates for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. She has drafted and argued motions for domestic violence protection orders and a motion to quash disclosure of a rape victim’s mental health records, securing her clients relief from their abusers. Rachel is also active in the firm’s Post-Conviction Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking program, assisting survivors obtain vacatur of trafficking-related convictions. She also took a lead role in litigating Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County v. City of Seattle, successfully holding the city of Seattle in contempt of the most comprehensive court order protecting peaceful protestors in the country at that time.