A Santa Clara Law experiential privacy course that will prepare law students for privacy practice in tech

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This week, I begin teaching (remotely given the pandemic) my Privacy & Technology course at Santa Clara Law’s leading privacy law program. This course has been eight months and hundreds of hours in the making, so I am very much excited and just ready to begin working with the students.

Course Objectives

My main objective in creating the course is to prepare students as privacy professionals in the tech sector. In addition, I want to introduce them to the nascent privacy tech landscape, which is near and dear to my heart. More practically, I want them to be able to identify and provide recommendations to address a tool’s privacy pitfalls, learn how to create a privacy review process and use such processes to conduct one. I want them to begin learning the technical concepts and nomenclature in privacy. They’ll learn about privacy by design and privacy engineering, product development lifecycles, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and so on. …


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As part of my fellowship with Santa Clara Law’s leading privacy law program, I’m curating the Let’s Talk Privacy & Technology video series. Each episode features a privacy expert, practitioner, academic, or innovator. We discuss the intersection of privacy and technology, covering topics ranging from privacy engineering, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and data ownership, to data ethics, privacy tech, cybersecurity, and more. I publish episode notes in this blog, including this post dedicated to episode 7. Other episode notes are available in the Privacy & Technology publication.

Episode Description

I sat down with Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute Director Lorrie Cranor. We talked about her work in the privacy engineering space, including her vision of automated privacy consent in the future. …


On PRAs, PIAs, DPIAs, TIAs, …

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Privacy concerns have become increasingly top-of-mind for many stakeholders today. This is true not just for privacy advocates and privacy practitioners, but also for consumers, business customers, regulators, and the mainstream media.

As a long-time privacy practitioner, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a startup CEO, a product or business leader, an engineer, or an app developer admit, after suffering a privacy incident, that they simply failed to account for privacy in building their product, project, app, initiative, or system.

Privacy reviews solve for this lack of privacy foresight. They force organizations to operationalize a process that requires them to examine the privacy implications of their products, projects, initiatives, or systems. …


by Emily Ashley & Lourdes M. Turrecha

Tomorrow, Apple releases one of its more controversial iOS14 features: privacy labels.

At a time when new technology tools seem to get creepier in their overcollection and misuse of user personal information, Apple’s privacy position is striking.

For years, Apple has been public about its privacy position, which reflected in its branding and advertising, in the Apple v. FBI case, in its business model, and in its actual product releases.

iOS14, for example, includes an onslaught of privacy and security features that provide unprecedented transparency into what app startups and third parties are doing with user data, and new user controls over their data. …


As part of my fellowship with Santa Clara Law’s leading privacy law program, I’m curating the Let’s Talk Privacy & Technology video series. Each episode features a privacy expert, practitioner, academic, or innovator. We discuss the intersection of privacy and technology, covering topics ranging from privacy engineering, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and data ownership, to data ethics, privacy tech, cybersecurity, and more. I publish episode notes in this blog, including this post dedicated to episode 10. Other episode notes are available in the Privacy & Technology publication.

Episode Description

I sat down with Strong Internet SVP, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, to discuss voter privacy and election security ahead of the 2020 elections. We talked about his journey from astrophysicist to election security wonk and policy technologist. We also covered voting tech, including the exciting startups that are doing great work in this space (e.g. Ben Adida’s VotingWorks), and how Joe’s not a big fan of the blockchain solutions for voting. …


CPRA will further fuel privacy tech innovation and continue to move the needle on privacy

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Like many voting Californians, I am faced with the decision on whether to vote to pass Proposition 24 (Prop. 24) or the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), which would update the existing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). As a privacy practitioner, lawyer, and strategist, I am aware of the arguments on both sides, and have thought them through and debated them with colleagues at length.

Serious privacy thinkers and advocates have come out to criticize Prop. 24. Prof. Eric Goldman released this scathing piece and a follow-up op-ed explaining his position and calling for Californians to vote no. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a similar statement. And the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) came out with their own reasons why they’re not supporting Prop. …


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We’re thrilled to have had overwhelming feedback and inquiries about what’s next since our inaugural Summit in June.

Among many other things, we’re testing The Rise of Privacy Tech webcast. The webcast’s main goal is to feature key players in the privacy tech space given our mission, which is to fuel privacy innovation by bringing together privacy tech innovators, investors, advisors, and advocates to bridge the privacy tech-capital-expertise gaps.

If have ideas or would like to get involved as a speaker or a sponsor, please let us know by emailing us at community@riseofprivacytech.com.

We’ll be publishing episode video recordings and notes, beginning with this episode 1. …


As part of my fellowship with Santa Clara Law’s leading privacy law program, I’m curating the Let’s Talk Privacy & Technology video series. Each episode features a privacy expert, practitioner, academic, or innovator. We discuss the intersection of privacy and technology, covering topics ranging from privacy engineering, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and data ownership, to data ethics, privacy tech, cybersecurity, and more. I publish episode notes in this blog, including this post dedicated to episode 4. [Episode 1 is available here; episode 2, here; episode 3, here; and episode 4, here.]

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Episode Description

I chatted with Michelle Finneran Dennedy, CEO of The iDennedy Project about measuring data value, using the right metrics, and recognizing when to build based on business rules vs. compliance threats. Michelle is one of the first Chief Privacy Officers, former CPO at Cisco, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle, and author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value.


As part of my fellowship with Santa Clara Law’s leading privacy law program, I’m curating the Let’s Talk Privacy & Technology video series. Each episode features a privacy expert, practitioner, academic, or innovator. We discuss the intersection of privacy and technology, covering topics ranging from privacy engineering, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and data ownership, to data ethics, privacy tech, cybersecurity, and more. I publish episode notes in this blog, including this post dedicated to episode 4. [Episode 1 is available here; episode 2, here; episode 3, here; and episode 4, here.]

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Episode Description

This episode, I reunite with Paola Zeni, Senior Director of Privacy at leading cybersecurity company, Palo Alto Networks, to talk about building privacy into cybersecurity products, what that entails, and the tools that B2B companies can use to decrease privacy-related friction in deals. …


B2B Sales Collateral That Create Privacy Business Value

by Lourdes M. Turrecha & Paola Zeni

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Today’s modern technologies process personal data, and their users increasingly want to understand how these tools impact privacy. In turn, companies developing these technologies need to be able to advocate for their products’ privacy impact and features.

Developing customer-facing resources about a product’s privacy impact helps a company build its privacy brand, decrease privacy-related business friction, and preemptively answer its customers’ privacy questions. Providing such resources is increasingly becoming a best practice. To do this, a company needs to understand its customers’ privacy concerns and questions, find the information that would address such concerns and questions, and turn such information into a consumable resource that can help customers choose the right products and settings for the best privacy outcome. …

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Founder & CEO @PIX_LLC @PrivacyTechRise | Privacy & Cybersecurity Strategist & Board Advisor| Reformed Silicon Valley Lawyer | @LourdesTurrecha

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