Meet the Privacy Experts

We’ve recruited some of the world’s top privacy experts to comment on and discuss our draft legislation. They will be submitting comments and feedback to continue the conversation about our bill and the need for a US privacy law on the conversation page. Read more about our experts below.


Marty Abrams

Martin Abrams, Executive Director and Chief Strategist for the Foundation, has 35 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multi-stakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams in developing practical solutions to dilemmas in information policy. His most recent work has been on big data governance and privacy compliance driven by demonstrable data stewardship. For the past five years, he has led the Global Accountability Project, which has refined the accountability principle that is part of various data protection laws and guidance documents. Abrams has also provided leadership in other policy areas. He worked on multi-layered privacy acy notices, which changed the way policy makers and organisations thought about privacy transparency. His work is generally reflected in new laws and regulatory guidance in jurisdictions from Asia, across Europe and in the Americas. He has led educational seminars on almost every continent and has been a key advisor to four International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. He has been deeply involved in the development of the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules and has also been involved with the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy. He is an advisor to numerous benchmark corporate privacy programmes. Abrams was the co-founder and President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, which he led for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Information Policy at Experian and Director of Information Policy at TRW Information Systems where he designed one of the early privacy impact assessment tools. He also chaired their Consumer Advisory Council. Abrams began his consumer policy work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he was Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer. At the Federal Reserve Bank he drove collaboration by helping banks and the communities they serve find their intersection of self-interest. Abrams continues to seek practical solutions to assure information driven innovation with personal dignity at the Foundation.

Annie Anton

Dr. Annie I. Antón is a Professor in (and former chair of) the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She has served the national defense and intelligence communities in a number of roles since being selected for the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group in 2005-2006. Her current research focuses on the specification of complete, correct behavior of software systems that must comply with federal privacy and security regulations. In 2016, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 12-person bi-partisan Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity for the Nation. Antón currently serves on various boards, oards, including: the NIST Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board, and the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. She is a former member of the U.S. DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, the CRA Board of Directors, the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate Advisory Council, the IEEE Computer Society Research Board, an Intel Corporation Advisory Board, the DARPA ISAT Study Group, the USACM Public Policy Council, the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Microsoft Research University Relations Faculty Advisory Board, the CRA-W, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB).

Paula Bruening

Paula J. Bruening is Founder and Principal of Casentino Strategies LLC, a privacy and information policy consulting firm. She brings 25 years of experience to her work with fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized enterprises, governments, advocacy groups and international organizations. She helps clients develop privacy compliance and governance programs, identify and implement policy influencing strategies, and create results-driven, persuasive content for digital and print media. Most recently, she served as Director of Global Privacy Policy at Intel Corporation, where she developed and coordinated privacy policy across the company and was a key influencer for the company in Brussels russels during the negotiations on the European Union’s General Data Protection Directive. She also worked closely with Intel Labs to propose an approach to applying information governance principles in new data eco-systems such as the Internet of Things. Prior to her tenure at Intel, she served as Vice President for Global Policy at the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, a pathfinding privacy and information policy think tank located in Washington, DC, addressing cross-border data flows, accountability, emerging technologies, and cyber security issues. Paula was counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology; Senior Attorney Advisor for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce; and Senior Analyst for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. She has extensive experience working on information policy issues in developing countries and with international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and APEC. She has spoken on privacy and information policy issues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and has testified before the United States Congress and Executive Branch agencies. Her work has been published in academic and policy journals and she has been a commenter for a wide range of media outlets. She graduated with honors from John Carroll University and holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan was a representative for the United States delegation revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Pam Dixon

Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a public interest research group known and respected for its consumer data privacy research. An author and a researcher, Dixon has written groundbreaking and influential studies in the area of privacy, including The Scoring of America, a substantive report on predictive analytics and privacy written with Bob Gellman. She has also written well-known reports on Medical Identity Theft, the One Way Mirror Society report on retail privacy, and a series of reports on data brokers, among others. Dixon has conducted substantive biometrics research in India, which formed the basis of a scholarly article on India’s Aadhaar, biometrics, and EU-US policy which was published in a special issue of Springer-Nature and co-published in Harvard-based Journal of Technology Science. Dixon has testified before the US Congress, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as the US Federal Trade Commission and other agencies on prominent consumer privacy issues, including issues related to data brokers, identity, health privacy, genetic privacy, the Common Rule, facial recognition, and online and offline privacy. Dixon is a member of the OECD Expert Group on AI, and has been an expert advisor to the OECD regarding health data uses. Dixon was formerly a research fellow with the Privacy Foundation at Denver University's Sturm School of Law. She has written 8 books, including titles for Random House / Times Books, among other major publishers. Her most recent book, Surveillance in America, was published in 2016 by ABC-CLIO books.

Marc Groman

Marc Groman is an internationally recognized expert in privacy and technology policy, particularly in the areas of consumer privacy, information governance, risk analysis, and data breach response. In 2015, Professor Groman was appointed Senior Advisor for Privacy in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he had government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. During that time he also served as the Chairman of the Federal Privacy Council established by President Obama and as the privacy lead on the President’s Cyber Security National Action Plan. He received the 2017 IAPP Leadership Award for the Obama Administration’s groundbreaking privacy initiatives. Since ince leaving the White House in January 2017, Mr. Groman has been advising senior leaders in business and government on mission-critical policy, risk management, and technology issues. Before the Obama Administration, he served in numerous leadership positions including President and CEO of the Network Advertising Initiative, Chief Privacy Officer of the Federal Trade Commission, Privacy Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives, and Counsel to the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Mr. Groman has worked on some of the largest and most high profile data breaches in history, leading the response and helping to mitigate risk. He currently serves on numerous boards and advisory councils and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to privacy, technology, and innovation.

David Hoffman

David A. Hoffman is Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer at Intel Corporation, in which capacity he heads the organization that oversees Intel’s privacy compliance activities, legal support for privacy and security, and all external privacy/security engagements. Mr. Hoffman joined Intel in 1998 as Intel’s eBusiness attorney to manage the team providing legal support for Intel’s Chief Information Officer. In 2005, Mr. Hoffman moved to Munich, Germany, as Group Counsel in the Intel European Legal Department, while leading Intel’s Worldwide Privacy and Security Policy Team. Mr. Hoffman served on the TRUSTe Board of Directors from 2000-2006. From 2005 – 05 – 2009, Mr. Hoffman served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and he is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Future of Privacy Forum and the Board of the Information Accountability Foundation. He also chairs the board for the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law. Mr. Hoffman is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law. Mr. Hoffman has a JD from The Duke University School of Law, where he was a Member of the Duke Law Review. Mr. Hoffman also received an AB with Honors from Hamilton College.

Anne Klinefelter

Anne Klinefelter is Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law. She teaches courses on Privacy Law and serves as faculty advisor to the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology. She writes and speaks on information policy and law topics including privacy and confidentiality law, particularly as these areas apply to libraries and legal information management. Professor Klinefelter is a Faculty Affiliate of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum. She also serves on the UNC Faculty Committee on University Government. Professor Klinefelter has lter has been active in library associations and library education. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL.) She served as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law Libraries, president of the Southeastern Chapter of AALL, and chair of the Copyright Committee of AALL. She has also held leadership roles in two library consortia and served on the Board of Editors for Law Library Journal. She currently serves on the UNC School of Information and Library Science Administrative Board and as faculty advisor for students in dual degree graduate programs linking Law and Library or Information Science at UNC. Prior to coming to North Carolina, Anne Klinefelter was Acting Director of the Law Library at the University of Miami and previously held positions in libraries at Boston University and the University of Alabama.

Riccardo Masucci

Riccardo Masucci is Global Director of Privacy Policy at Intel and works on privacy legislation and public policy developments around the world, especially in relation with new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He deals also with EU cybersecurity policy issues. Prior to joining Intel, Riccardo served as policy advisor in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament. Riccardo is based in our Brussels office.


Kirk specializes in privacy and information security litigation and counseling, along with a variety of health care, insurance fraud, and compliance issues. He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally. He also works with insurers and health care industry participants in developing compliance programs and defending against government investigations into their practices. A long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), he is the editor of The Privacy Advisor, the monthly newsletter of the IAPP. He was named as the Co-Chair of the Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Workgroup, a panel of government and private sector privacy and security experts advising the American Health Information Community (AHIC) on privacy and security issues arising from health information technology. Rated by Chambers USA in the nation’s top-tier of privacy attorneys, sources remark that he is “the guy you need to call” (2014) and is in “‘the top echelon’ of data privacy lawyers” (2013). Clients report that he is “great to work with, incredibly knowledgeable and always available” (2016). He is also praised for his “pragmatic advice on complex issues” (2015), “almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its application” (2012), and his professional sensitivity to “both costs and delivering results on time” (2013). Clients have commended him as “a fantastic lawyer who keeps abreast of new developments in the field” who “avoids legal jargon and goes the extra mile for his clients” (2011). He is also lauded for his “practical knowledge of what other health care organizations are doing and how they are interpreting the law” (2010). Kirk has also been named an expert practitioner by the Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers, a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America directory and one of the leading privacy “hired guns” by Computerworld.

Jules Polonetsky

Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 130 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars and Student Privacy. Jules previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before ore that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney. Jules has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jules is a member of The George Washington University Law School Privacy and Security Advisory Council. Jules is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission. As AOL’s former Chief Privacy Officer and SVP for Consumer Advocacy, Jules was responsible for ensuring that AOL’s users could trust the company with their information and for educating employees about best practices for advertising, content, and product development. Jules previously served for four years as Vice President, Integrity Assurance, at America Online Inc. The Integrity Assurance team was responsible for a wide range of consumer protection and risk management issues for AOL’s brands (America Online, AIM, Netscape, Compuserve, Mapquest, MoviePhone, Spinner, WinAmp, ICQ, including privacy, advertising policy, content and community standards, product standards, parental controls, safety and accessibility for users with disabilities. From March 2000 through April 2002, Jules was Chief Privacy Officer and Special Counsel at DoubleClick, the advertising and marketing technology company that at the time was the largest internet company in New York City. In that role, he worked with DoubleClick clients to institute and police their privacy policies and managed compliance with data protection requirements for DoubleClick subsidiaries world-wide. In his Special Counsel role, Jules oversaw DoubleClick’s government affairs activities and consumer related advertising practices. From January 1, 1998 until he joined DoubleClick in March 2000, Jules served as Consumer Affairs for the City of New York. As New York City’s chief consumer law enforcement official, Jules was responsible for ensuring that all consumer advertising and sales complied with City, State and Federal consumer protection laws. Jules served as an elected member of the New York State Assembly from 1994 to 1997. From November 1992 through 1993, Jules was a legislative aide to Congressman Charles Schumer and was a District Representative for Congressman Steve Solarz from 1990 to 1992. Jules practiced law in the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1989 to 1990. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yeshiva University, and is admitted to the Bars of New York and Washington, D.C. Jules is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional. Jules is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). More of his writing and research can be found on Google Scholar and SSRN.

Michelle Richardson

Director, Privacy & Data Project

Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project where she leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice. Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and Politico. Recognized by The Hill as one of the most influential nonprofits lobbyists in Washington, she has led left-right coalitions to defend privacy in the face of ever-expanding government authorities. Before Before joining CDT in 2017, Michelle led the American Civil Liberties Union’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs for 10 years. She also served as a democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee where she worked on a range of anti-terrorism laws and policies. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Tim Sparapani

Tim Sparapani, Principal at SPQR Strategies, PLLC, is a legislative, legal and strategic consultant who helps companies understand and respond to the pressures created for businesses, consumers and governments by emerging technologies. Tim’s specialties are privacy, cybersecurity, technology and constitutional law. Tim’s clients are a diverse mix of industry leading companies, dynamic technology startups, and thought leading advocacy organizations. Tim is a frequent public speaker on topics related to emerging technologies. He has testified before Congress five times and given more than 500 TV, radio and print interviews. Tim writes frequently for Forbes and other publications on these topics. Tim’s Tim’s SPQR Strategies clients have asked him to undertake important, ongoing responsibilities. For example, Tim served for 3 years as the Vice President, Policy, Law & Government Affairs for the Application Developers Alliance, a trade association serving more than 30,000 application “app” developers and 200 member companies. Tim has also served as General Counsel for several app company and tech startups. He advises other start-up tech companies on a range of policy matters including cybersecurity, patent reform, online safety and security. Tim was the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Tim was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s interaction with the federal, state, local and foreign governments and with opinion and policy makers. He managed these roles as the company grew from 150 million to more than 900 million active users and from 350 employees to more than 3,000. Prior to joining Facebook, Tim was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch and the media. For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Tim served as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political and policy challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.

Peter Swire

Peter Swire is Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, and Associate Director for Policy of the Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security and Privacy. He has appointments by courtesy with the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. He is Senior Counsel with Alston & Bird, LLP. In 2018, Swire was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for research on "Protecting Human Rights and National Security in the New Era of Data Nationalism." In 2015, the International Association of Privacy Professionals awarded him its Privacy Leadership Award. In 2013, he served as one one of five members of President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. He is Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum and a member of the National Academies' Forum on Cyber-Resiliency. Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He was the first person to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. In that role, his activities included being White House coordinator for the HIPAA medical privacy rule, chairing a White House task force on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet age, and helping negotiate the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement for trans-border data flows. Under President Obama, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Swire is author of six books and numerous scholarly papers. He has testified often before the Congress, and been quoted regularly in the press. Swire graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and the Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Omer Tene

Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer at the IAPP, leading the creation and distribution of content, research, programming and knowledge for the privacy community. Consultant to governments, regulatory agencies and businesses on privacy, cybersecurity and data management. Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. Appointed to the Arbitration Panel under the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Agreement. Rapporteur for the 30-year review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines. Co-editor with Jules Polonetsky and Evan Selinger of Cambridge University Press book Consumer Privacy. Author of articles on privacy and data protection appearing in law and technology reviews of Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, George Mason, University of North Carolina, Fordham, Ohio State and more.

Danny Weitzner

Daniel J. Weitzner is the Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. His group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he lead initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. He also was Associate Administrator for Policy at the United States Commerce Department National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, crafting laws that provide protection against government surveillance of email and web browsing data. His work on US legislation limiting the liability of Internet Service Providers laid the foundations for social media services and supporting the global free flow of information online. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. At the World Wide Web Consortium, he lead the development of security and privacy standards, and Linked Data architectures now used to make data on the Web easier to analyze. While at MIT he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical and social impact of the Web. Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, and leading international bodies. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine and Social Research. In 2012 he was named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top Navigator of global Internet public policy. He received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award in 2013.

Chris Wolf

Widely recognized as a pioneer in Internet law and a thought leader, Chris is of counsel in the firm's Privacy and Information Management practice. He brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Hogan Lovells but vision as well. Whether it's Big Data, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things, connected cars, online tracking, cross-border transfers of data, or any number of technology-related areas, Chris remains at the forefront of U.S. lawyers with the ability to "think around corners" and see what's ahead. Plugged in to D.C. policymaking and with an eye on the on the political landscape, Chris brings insight to clients as a compliance counselor who's focused on risk management while effectively advocating in federal court, at the FTC, and before state agencies. Washingtonian magazine called him a "Tech Titan," MSNBC "an Internet pioneer," and Chambers ranked him a "Star Individual," writing, "The 'amazing' Christopher Wolf is a 'dean of the industry' who is frequently revered as 'the best in the business.'" Chris is also the founder and board president of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank devoted to advancing responsible data practices, which has become a leading forum for discussing and developing best practices.