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Ira Rubinstein

Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law
Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor
Seattle, WA, USA


Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute. His research interests include Internet privacy, electronic surveillance law, data mining, and voters' privacy. Rubinstein lectures and publishes widely on issues of privacy and security and has testified before Congress on these topics on several occasions. In July 2010, he testified at a hearing on a new privacy bill, H.R. 5777, the Best Practices Act, before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Recent papers include "Big Data: The End of Privacy or a New Beginning," which will be published in International Data Privacy Law in 2013 and presented at the 2013 Computer Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels; "Privacy by Design: A Counterfactual Analysis of Google and Facebook Privacy Incidents," co-authored with Nathan Good, which will be published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal in 2013 and which won the IAPP Privacy Law Scholars Award at the 5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in 2012; and "Regulating Privacy by Design," 26 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1409 (2012). Other publications include "Privacy and Regulatory Innovation: Moving Beyond Voluntary Codes," 6 I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society 356 (2011), which was selected by the Future of Privacy Forum in their best "Privacy Papers for Policy Makers" competition, and "Data Mining and Internet Profiling: Emerging Regulatory and Technological Approaches," co-authored with Ron Lee and Paul Schwartz, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 261 (2008). Prior to joining the ILI, Rubinstein spent 17 years in Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs department, most recently as Associate General Counsel in charge of the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group. Before coming to Microsoft, he was in private practice in Seattle, specializing in immigration law. Rubinstein graduated from Yale Law School in 1985. From 1998-2001, he served on the President's Export Council, Subcommittee on Encryption. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology. He also served as a Board member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation, on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and as a Trustee of the American Immigration Lawyers Foundation. 

 

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