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Professor Jill Bronfman was named to The Recorder’s 2014 list of the 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. She was also selected as a 2014-2016 U.S.C. Annenberg Alumni Ambassador. Her law practice focuses on technology contracts as well as privacy and data security.

Jill is an Affiliate Scholar of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law and has taught Data Privacy and Privacy Compliance Law as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She was formerly 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 teaches at San Francisco State University, including an advanced seminar in Mobile Media and a graduate seminar in Media Ethics.

Jill was selected to workshop her technology-driven fiction at a juried literary conference, and she has read her work at LitQuake, San Francisco’s renowned celebration of writers and writing.


Joint degree at USC in Law and Communications Management (J.D./M.A.). Coursework in economics, technology, and policy

Dual B.A. degree at UC Berkeley in Mass Communications and History. Her thesis addressed the interrelationship of science fiction set in the future and technology development

Media & Awards

  • Quoted on government hacking by CNET, January 2016
  • Quoted regarding arrival of Edelson firm in Silicon Valley by The Recorder, January 2016
  • Quoted regarding refugee access to technology by CNET, August 2016
  • Interviewed by a Daily Journal reporter about the propriety and privacy implication of the government unlocking phones via biometrics, including fingerprints, May 2016
  • Interviewed by a Daily Journal reporter on the fair use instructions for the Google/Oracle IP retrial, May 2016.
  • Quoted in article for Reuters regarding iPhone access, April 2016
  • Nominated for UC Hastings Leadership Awards, March 2016
  • Interviewed regarding the Apple vs. FBI backdoor encryption technology on Kron4 TV, CBS radio and Reuters print/electronic media, February 2016
  • Interviewed for television about the launch of a new privacy website, Claimdog, February 2016.
  • Interviewed on Nosal case, Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act, The Recorder, October 2015
  • Interviewed regarding Facebook v. Fraley case on consumer advertising, September 2015
  • Quoted in Los Angeles Times, “AT&T Making It Even Harder for You to Protect Your Privacy,” by David Lazarus, August 2015
  • Quoted in LA Daily Journal August 2015 in “Clock Running Out in Congress for National Data Breach Bills,” August 2015
  • Quoted in “How to Complain on Social Media Without Getting Sued (or Worse)” Safebee.com, August 2015
  • NPR KQED Interview, Google Right to Be Forgotten, July 2015
  • The Atlantic (sponsored by HP) Roundtable speaker on Data Breach, July 2015
  • Quoted in “Top security tools in the fight against cybercrime,” Network World, June 2015
  • Quoted in “Wave of Privacy Suits Peters Out” The Recorder, June 2015
  • Marketplace Tech of American Public Media Interview on National Cybersecurity Legislation, April 2015
  • KGO Radio Interview “Federal Trade Commission Calls for Better Tech Consumer Data Protection” January 2015
  • Women Leaders in Tech Law 2014-2015, The Recorder

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Internet of Things and Big Data: Privacy and Data Security Risks and Challenges, PLI MCLE educational panel, May 2017.
  • “The Changing Map of Data Protection: Logistics v. Ethics for EU Refugee Crisis,” research presented at the 7th Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University, and presented at IAPP Data Protection Intensive, March 2017 in London.
  • “Saving Face 2.0” China’s new social credit system, Digital Asia Hub’s newsletter, March 2017.
  • “Dangerous Data” interactive P2P presentation at RSA security conference, February 2017.
  • Vendors & Business Partners: Unique Privacy Risks & Rewards of Working With Others, moderator and panel presenter, Data Breach Litigation and Investigation Forum, San Francisco, January 2017.
  • Panel on the California Constitutional Right of Privacy for the Conference on the Supreme Court of California (SCOCA) at the University of California Hastings College of the Law for January 2017.
  • “Old Age In the Digital Age: How New Ideas and Technology Are Disrupting Aging” Panel on Aging and the Law, Co-Sponsored by Law, Medicine and Health Care at American Association of Law Schools (AALS) January 2017 in San Francisco.
  • “Saving Face: The Screen of Chinese Privacy Law Unfolds,” with co-authors, presented paper at the Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference at the University of Auckland in December 2016, and presented paper at United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) summer institute at the University of Geneva’s Geneva Internet Law Research Colloquium, and at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) June 2016. Initial research presented at IP Scholars Asia at Singapore Management University January 2016.
  • “I’m Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. Spielberg: Creating a Working Model for the Use of UAV Cameras in Film and Video Game Production,” presented paper at the 17th Annual Cyberspace Conference in Brno, Czech Republic, November 2016, and the Whittier Law School’s Nov. 11, 2016 symposium, Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns. First Place Debut Paper Award from the National Association of Broadcasters/Broadcast Educators’ Association (NAB/BEA), and presented at NAB/BEA Conference April 2016. Draft presentation at 6th Annual Internet Law Works in Progress at New York Law School in March 2016. Draft paper and panel presentation at Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC 2015) October 2015.
  • Keynote for Meritas conference with Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), “When to Add Legal to Your California Data Breach Response Team: A “Just in Time” Model” San Francisco, October 2016, and ISACA engineering Conference Presentation, November 2015.
  • Lecture on Privacy and Data Security in Journalism Ethics course, November 1, 2016, San Francisco State University.
  • Moderator for “Cybersecurity Panel,” California Council of Public Utility Counsel, Napa, October 2016.
  • Panel on “The Expectation of Privacy: The Roles and Responsibilities of Businesses” State Bar of California Conference, San Diego, October 2016.
  • “How can technology facilitate a country’s near immediate entry onto the world stage?” Interview and conversation with Bob McDonald, Legal and Regulatory Advisor at Ooredoo Myanmar, University of California Hastings College of the Law website, September 2, 2016.
  • “S. vs. EU Privacy Law,” presented to the International General Counsel Symposium in collaboration with Erasmus University, September 2016.
  • “The Undercover Detective Looks at Data Breach Contract Clauses: Who Should Be Responsible Under the Contract for Costs of Cover?” Presentation of research at the Stanford Law School Intellectual Property Scholars’ Conference, August 2016, Article chosen via peer-reviewed competition, presented at The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference, January 2016, presented at Cyber Attack and Civil Liability Symposium at the University of Southern Carolina law school February 2016, and forthcoming in the South Carolina Law Review.
  • “Privacy in Public Spaces: Drones, Mobile, and IoT Devices” presented to the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) IP BYTES program, July 2016.
  • Entries for “Mobile Apps, Caller ID, Data Breach, Telephones, Wearable Apps, and Mobile Devices,” for Encyclopedia of Privacy Rights in the Digital Era, Grey House Publishing, ed. By Christopher Anglim, University of the District of Columbia 2016.
  • “Weathering the Nest: Privacy Implications of Home Monitoring for the Aging American Population,” published in Duke Law and Technology Review, Spring 2016, and cited by the U.S. NTIA in February 2016 IoT Report. Interactive presentation and coordination of student volunteers at Truste Privacy Risk Summit, June 2016. Paper and presentation at the Berkeley Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) 2015.
  • Review and edit of chapters of draft of Hartzog, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control New Technologies, under contract with Harvard University Press, and workshop at University of California Berkeley School of Law, April 2016.
  • “Preserving Free Speech: A Practical Privacy Approach” at RightsCon, moderated a panel and created a handbook of materials for panelists, March 2016.
  • Moderated Panel on Information Security for FERPA SHERPA, the Future of Privacy Forum’s EdTech boot camp centered on maintaining student privacy for education technology vendors, March 2016. Also, co-sponsored event and served as welcome speaker.
  • “Programming the Law: Privacy, Security, and Innovation,” designed and moderated a panel on Internet of Things (IoT) privacy with counsel from Intel, Facebook, and the Federal Trade Commission, February 2016 at University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • “Apple vs. FBI: Basic Elements of Backdoor Encryption,” Guest Lecture in Intellectual Property Capstone Course at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, February 2016.
  • “California Law and Privacy Policies,” Guest Lecture in Startup Legal Garage Seminar Class at UC Hastings, February 2016.
  • “Looking Out for Drones: Law and Regulation on the Horizon 2016,” Friday Keynote Address for the Cyber Attack and Civil Liability Symposium at the University of South Carolina School of Law in February 2016.
  • Moderator for Closing Panel – A New Regulatory Approach: Enforcement, Penalties and the One-Stop-Shop, Truste EU Data Protection Conference December 2015.
  • IoT Privacy Research Symposium Presentation, Consulate of The Netherlands, November 2015, Rathenau Instituut Report published April 2016.
  • Corporate Data Breach Response, Lecture in Compliance Law course, University of California Hastings College of the Law, November 2015.
  • “When to Add Legal to Your California Data Breach Response Team: A “Just in Time” Model”
  • ISACA Conference Presentation, November 2015.
  • Information Governance Panel Speaker, DataLEX: Privacy, Big Data, and the Law, University of California at Santa Cruz, October 2015.
  • Global Data Privacy and International Negotiations, Lecture in International Law course, University of California Hastings College of the Law, October 2015.
  • Interdisciplinary Analysis (Law and Science, Science and Communications) & How to Think about the Future, Lecture in BioTech Law course regarding global data privacy and international negotiations, University of California Hastings College of the Law, October 2015.
  • “Start with Security” co-hosted kick-off of national program with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), University of California Hastings College of the Law, September 2015.
  • “Protecting Corporate Proprietary Information,” Startup Legal Garage Boot camp Orientation lecture, August 2015.
  • “Is Student Privacy the Killer App?” University of Southern California Annenberg School Alumni blog article, August 2015.
  • Review of Privacy Protocols for UCSF Memory & Aging Center on a 3-year randomized controlled trial involving dementia patients and caregivers called “Care Ecosystem” UCSF – UC Hastings Consortium August 2015.
  • Review and Edit of Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California, Published by the University of California’s Continuing Education of the Bar, August 2015.
  • “Anatomy of a Data Breach,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (sponsored by Morrison & Forrester) panel on Data Breach, July 2015.
  • Comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Federal Agency Security Standards , July 2015.
  • “Drones, Robots and Other Pet Projects: Digital Companions Beyond the “Phone”
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2015.
  • “Does The New 2015 California Data Breach Law Protect Individual Privacy, Corporate Security, Both or Neither?”
  • RSA Security Conference, April 2015.
  • Comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Regarding Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Issues Regarding Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), April 2015.
  • Editor, “Best Practices in Cybersecurity Assessments in M&A Transactions,” Publication of the American Bar Association, Spring 2015.
  • “Workshop: Getting Approved To Fly: How To Navigate the Regulatory, Business, and Financial Hurdles to Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” Panel Presentation at Hogan, Lovells, in Menlo Park, CA, April 2015.
  • “California Data Breach Law – Rounding the Bases,” Information Law Journal, American Bar Association, Spring 2015.
  • Privacy Law Salon: Privacy Scholars Roundtable, Miami, February 2015.
  • Presentation to Chinese delegation of Cybersecurity Professors and Government Officials, with UC Hastings Student, University of California at Hastings College of the Law, January 2015.
  • Presentation to Norwegian delegation of Cybersecurity Professors and Government Officials, with UC Hastings Professor Ahmed Ghappour, University of California at Hastings College of the Law, December 2014.
  • “Very Personal Air Control: Drone Security in Transit” USC Annenberg Alumni Ambassador Blog Series, 2015.
  • “Mobile Communications 2014: What’s After What’s Next,” National Association of Broadcasters & Broadcast Educators’ Association Conference (NAB) April 2014


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Women in Security and Privacy
  • State Bar of California