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Jill Bronfman

Program Director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law and Adjunct Professor of Law in Data Privacy

San Francisco, CA, US

Contacts: bronfmanj@uchastings.edu / 415-565-4758 / Office 112-200

Biography

Jillisa (Jill) Bronfman, Program Director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law and Adjunct Professor of Law in Data Privacy at UC Hastings College of the Law, was named to The Recorder’s 2014 list of the 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Also, Professor Bronfman was selected as a 2014-2015 USC Annenberg Alumni Ambassador. Professor Bronfman was formerly was an Assistant General Counsel and Network Security and Privacy Subject Matter Expert for Verizon in the San Francisco office. At Verizon, she designed and moderated several in-house training programs in data security, compliance, and intellectual property. She also taught at San Francisco State University, including developing a new advanced seminar in Mobile Communications. At the National Association of Broadcasters/ Broadcast Educators’ Association Conference (NAB/BEA) in Las Vegas, she presented “Mobile Communications 2014: What's After What's Next.” In this presentation, she drew on her research in the field of privacy and technology to speak about the latest issues in drone regulation and the legal implications of 3D printing. Professor Bronfman received a joint degree at USC in Law and Communications Management (JD/MA) and a dual undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Mass Communications and History. Her thesis addressed the interrelationship of science fiction set in the future and technology development. In April 2014, Professor Bronfman was selected to workshop her technology-driven fiction at a juried literary conference, and in October 2014, she read her work at LitQuake, San Francisco’s renowned celebration of writers and writing. Her article, “California Data Breach Law- Rounding the Bases,” appeared in the ABA's Information Law Journal Spring 2015. Professor Bronfman will present on privacy and security issues at the RSA and IAPP conferences in Spring 2015.

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Areas of Expertise

Technology LawInnovation LawData PrivacyData SecurityIntellectual Property LawMobile CommunicationsPrivacy and TechnologyDrone Regulation3d Printing

Accomplishments

50 Women Leaders in Tech Law | professional

The Recorder (2014)

USC Annenberg Alumni Ambassador | professional

2014 - 2015

Education

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

M.A., Communications Management

USC Gould School of Law

J.D., Law

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Mass Communications and History

Media Appearances

Apple calls FBI iPhone request 'unprecedented' in court filing

Yahoo Finance  online

2016-02-26

While much of Apple's argument is that the All Writs Act does not apply, the free speech and due process claims could prove helpful if the company wants to attract the attention of the Supreme Court, said Jill Bronfman, director of the Privacy and Technology Project at University of California Hastings College of the Law. "It always does help to mention the Constitution," she said...

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AT&T making it even harder for you to protect your privacy

Los Angeles Times  online

2015-08-18

"The letter of the law may allow them to do things as they are now," said Jill Bronfman, director of the Privacy and Technology Project at UC Hastings College of the Law. "But the spirit of the law is that they need to offer consumer-friendly privacy options." Seems clear that when the telecom industry speaks of "best practices," it means best for them, not you...

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Can Privacy Advocates Force Google to Bring ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ to U.S.?

KQED  online

2015-07-10

In a recent interview with KQED Public Radio, Jill Bronfman, director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings, explained how Google’s system for processing individuals’ requests has worked in practice. “They have kind of become a pseudo-government agency in the EU, where Google is actually functioning as an arbiter of public policy, deciding what should be online and what shouldn’t be online,” Bronfman said. “EU citizens are submitting requests and Google is deciding what to keep up and what to keep down. They’ve looked at over a million URLs so far.”...

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SF Museum Workers Protest Thumbprint Time Clock

ABC News  online

2015-02-24

"It could actually recreate someone's identify and access their place of employment, their bank records anything that is using their laptop and using fingerprinting identification for the person," said Jill Bronfman with UC Hastings College of the Law...

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Selected Articles

Weathering the Nest: Privacy Implications of Home Monitoring for the Aging American Population | Duke Law & Technology Review

2015

The research in this paper will seek to ascertain the extent of personal data entry and collection required to enjoy at least the minimal promised benefits of distributed intelligence and monitoring in the home. Particular attention will be given to the abilities and sensitivities of the population most likely to need these devices, notably the elderly and disabled. The paper will then evaluate whether existing legal limitations on the collection, maintenance, and use of such data are applicable to devices currently in use in the home environment and whether such regulations effectively protect privacy. Finally, given appropriate policy parameters, the paper will offer proposals to effectuate reasonable and practical privacy-protective solutions for developers and consumers.

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