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Allison M. Lefrak

Allison M. Lefrak

Federal Trade Commission
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Washington, DC, USA


Allison Lefrak is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection where she has led several complex data security and privacy investigations. Ms. Lefrak was the lead attorney on the Snapchat investigation that was resolved when the company agreed to settle FTC allegations that it made deceptive claims regarding the privacy and security of the personal information it collected from consumers. She was part of the team that litigated a high-stakes data security case against Wyndham Hotels where the FTC’s authority to bring unfairness actions in the data security realm was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to working at the FTC, Ms. Lefrak was the Litigation Director at Human Rights USA – a non-profit organization that sought to promote compliance with human rights norms through strategic domestic litigation. Ms. Lefrak spent ten years in private practice most recently at Reed Smith, LLP. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Lefrak has devoted a significant amount of time to pro bono work. She was involved with efforts to restore the rule of law at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba by representing several detainees in their habeas corpus petitions. Her op-ed, Justice Delayed at Guantánamo, appeared in the National Law Journal. Essays she wrote about her experience representing Guantánamo detainees appeared in a book compilation entitled The Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law. She also served as a guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children in the District of Columbia. Ms. Lefrak obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Welton Curtis Sewell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors in political science from Colgate University.
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