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Sharon Williamson

Netflix Inc.
Senior Counsel, Privacy and Consumer Protection
Los Gatos, CA, USA


Sharon Williamson is a director in Netflix's legal department, where she is responsible for privacy and security counseling for all of Netflix's US and international operations.  (Netflix is currently available in over 40 countries in North, South and Central America and Europe.)

Sharon provides advice to various teams company-wide (such as marketing, IT, security, customer service, product development, data science and engineering, etc.) on privacy and security issues.  Typical areas of focus include: children's privacy (such as COPPA); behavioral, mobile, and other online marketing matters; social media; data governance and access; the Video Privacy Protection Act; email; cloud computing; vendor negotiation and management; customer service, as well as privacy and security policies.      

Prior to joining Netflix, she was lead privacy counsel at Dell, where her legal advisory responsibilities evolved over almost 10 years from advertising and marketing, to consumer services, then procurement, and lastly to privacy and security.  Her role at Netflix has similarly evolved from general consumer, marketing, privacy, and security legal support to become more specialized in privacy and security as the company has grown and expanded internationally.  

Sharon received her JD from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Rice University.

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