Privacy and Technology Project

About the Project

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) employs a technology-oriented approach to programming, focusing on developers and innovators. 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 designing online resources to empower small and independent innovators to adhere to good privacy practices.

Legislation - Providing policy analysis on proposed legislation for the California State Senate & Assembly and the Office of the Attorney General of California.

Data Breach Research Lab - Directly employing the scientific techniques of observation and analysis in the process of modernizing data privacy regulation.

Meet the Experts

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

Ron Dolin, Research Fellow, Stanford CodeX. Ron received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work, obtaining a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 employees at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree from U.C. Hastings.

Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and has taught legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School and Notre Dame Law School. Ron has taught MCLE courses on document automation for the CA Bar, and was on the executive committee of the Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology section.  He co-founded the Program for Legal Technology and Design with SLS alum Margaret Hagan and is working on legal innovation at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. He will be moving (academically) to Harvard Law’s Center on the Legal Profession this summer to work on legal quality metrics. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Notre Dame Law School.  Ron has been asked to participate on panels and give talks at universities such as Stanford and Harvard, and organizations such as COLPM, ILTA, and ACC, on issues related to legal technology and innovation. A selected list of his presentations can be found below. Ron was selected as one of the 2014 Fastcase 50, and is a 2014 ALM Recorder’s Innovator Award recipient.

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, Perkins Coie. Jim Snell is a partner with Perkins Coie’s Privacy and Security and Intellectual Property Litigation Groups. Jim represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including Internet; privacy and security; patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters; matters involving unfair competition claims under California Business and Professions Code section 17200; false advertising; and class actions (including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and California Invasion of Privacy Act, among others). He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a San Francisco KnowledgeNet Co-Chair for the IAPP. He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings. He was recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.

Program Director

jill profile photo smallJillisa (Jill) BronfmanProgram Director of the Privacy and Technology Project and Adjunct Professor of Law in Data Privacy at UC Hastings, was named to The Recorder’s 2014 list of the 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Also, Jill was selected as a 2014-2015 USC Annenberg Alumni Ambassador. Before arriving at Hastings, Jill was an Assistant General Counsel and Network Security and Privacy Subject Matter Expert for Verizon. 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. Her recent publications include an article in the Duke Law & Technology Review, as well as an essay in the textbook "Privacy Rights in the Digital Age."

Jill 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, Jill was selected to workshop her technology-driven fiction at a juried literary conference, and in October 2014, she performed a work entitled "Precious Metals" about an AI Robot in need of repair at LitQuake, San Francisco's renowned celebration of writers and writing.