Privacy and Technology

Advancements in technology are driving unprecedented challenges for individual privacy. In response to these new and evolving challenges, the Privacy and Technology Project (Privacy Project) adopts a technology-oriented approach focused on developers and technology. The Privacy Project’s initiatives cut across a range of activities, including, but not limited to, applied legal research, policy analysis, developer-focused workshops, and working with technologists to develop tools for technologists. Examples of the Privacy Project’s work include:

Applied Privacy. Collaborating with Developers on online resources to empower small and independent developers to adhere to good privacy practices. For more information, please contact Timothy Yim.

Legislation. Providing policy analysis of proposed legislation for the California State Senate & Assembly and the Office of the Attorney General of California. For more information, please contact Timothy Yim.

Data Breach Research Lab. This project seeks to more directly employ the scientific techniques of observation and analysis in the service of modernizing data privacy regulation. For more information, please contact Brian Pascal.

Timothy YimTimothy Yim, Interim Director, Privacy & Technology Project. Timothy focuses on legal research in privacy and early-stage startups in addition to areas that support innovation. Some of his work explores practicalizing privacy, developing toolkits for developers and founders, and increasing transparency in the privacy policy and legislation landscape.

Timothy is the author of Normative Avoision: Revising the Copyright Alert System to Circumvent Normative Backlash (6 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 1) (2014).  He is co-author of Comments on Equity Crowdfunding, submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of Hackers/Founders, the largest community of tech founders in Silicon Valley.  Prior to the Institute, Timothy was a Board Director in an educational nonprofit, consulted in the information technology sector, and externed for Judge Jacqueline Nguyen of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, now sitting for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  (Read more).


Brian Pascal, Research Fellow, Privacy and Technology Project. Brian’s work focuses on applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to the problems of policymaking, using evidence and data analysis to help laws better conform to the needs of empirical reality. His current research involves studying the impact of data breaches and the efficacy of mandatory reporting laws. Additionally, he assists the Institute in its role as an advisor to the California State Assembly on issues relating to privacy.

Prior to joining Hastings, Brian has served in a variety of roles at the interface of technology, law, policy, and business. He has been a civil liberties engineer with Palantir Technologies, a cybersecurity and privacy consultant with IBM, and an attorney with the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is also a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

Brian received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, and in between he studied science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Subject Matter Experts Advisors provide guidance and expertise on specific initiatives and research by the Privacy and Technology Project.

Ron Dolin, Research Fellow, Stanford CodeX. Ron Dolin received a B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley.  He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara.  His dissertation focused on scalable distributed architectures for locating heterogeneous information sources.  After grad school, Ron joined Google, which he finally left to attend law school at UC Hastings.  Ron also published a legal analysis of search query privacy.  Ron is currently working with CodeX on legal informatics, legal technology, and related startups.

Jim Harper, Cato Institute. Jim Harper is the Director of Information Policy studies at the Cato Institute.  Jim works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age, in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security.  Jim was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he recently co-edited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It.  His scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper is the editor of, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy.  He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings.

James Snell, Bingham McCutchen.  Jim Snell is co-chair of Bingham’s Privacy and Security Group and former co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.  He was recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.  Jim represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including patent litigation, Internet and privacy issues, trade secret matters, matters involving unfair competition claims under California Business and Professions Code section 17200, false advertising, and class actions.  He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings.