Pathfinding in Privacy Law: a Data Protection Officer’s Story with Lena Ghamrawi [S3E23]

Tech Policy Grind
Tech Policy Grind
Pathfinding in Privacy Law: a Data Protection Officer's Story with Lena Ghamrawi [S3E23]

Welcome back to the Tech Policy Grind! This week, Reema chats with former Foundry Fellow Lena Ghamrawi on her pathway to becoming a privacy attorney. In this episode, she shares her experience growing up in the post-9/11 surveillance environment and how her passion for civil rights (and mentorship along the way) cultivated an interest in privacy law.

A little more about Lena: she’s a privacy lawyer dedicated to ensuring consumer personal data is used responsibly. Lena currently serves as Privacy Counsel and Data Protection Officer for Quora Inc., where she advises on global privacy laws. She has helped Silicon Valley tech companies, federal agencies, and Fortune 500 companies develop privacy programs.

In 2020 she helped launch a watchdog dedicated to investigating mobile app privacy practices. There, she worked with regulatory agencies, big tech platforms, and members of Congress to remedy malpractice. Lena founded the Washington DC Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) affiliate and is always looking for ways to provide mentorship.

Coming soon from the Foundry: keep an eye out for the next round of applications to become a Foundry Fellow!

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