Lydia de la Torre joined Santa Clara in 2017 as the inaugural privacy fellow. She is the co-director of the Privacy Certificate program and teaches comparative data privacy. Her research centers on State data governance laws.

Lydia started working in data protection in 1997. She has extensive professional experience working on complex EU, US, and international data protection issues in the private sector. She started her career working as an Associate at Garrigues, a Spanish legal firm that provides business law advice in thirteen countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Professor de la Torre has worked as privacy counsel and consultant for fortune five hundred companies such as eBay, PayPal, Intuit and HP. Professor de la Torre’s current areas of interest include EU data protection laws and data protection at the local and State level in California.

Lydia founded the legal blog ‘Golden Data’ ( in 2018 with the goal of promoting the teaching of comparative privacy law. The blog includes teaching resources, case law analysis and op-eds on topics related to data governance laws including GDPR and CCPA.           


J.D., Univesidad Complutense Madrid (Spain)

L.L.M. EU Tax Law, Centro de Estudios Garrigues (Spain)

L.L.M. Intellectual Property, Santa Clara University School of Law

Areas of Specialization

Data Protection, Privacy, Cybersecurity

Affiliations and Honors

Member California Bar Association

Member Madrid Bar Association (Spain)

Member IAPP (CIPP/US Certified)

Member Internet Ethics Advisory Group – Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Outstanding Faculty Award (2006 for teaching Legal Translation and Interpretation at the National Hispanic University)

2012/2013 LL.M. Student of the Year Santa Clara University School of Law



“Is California on its way to going for ‘adequacy’?“

DPR matchup: The California Consumer Privacy Act 2018”

“Do we need the CCPA whistle-blower provision back?”


A guide to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2108

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