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Elizabeth M. Renieris is the founder of hackylawyER, an innovative consultancy focused on law and policy engineering.

An expert in cross-border data protection and privacy issues (CIPP/E, CIPP/US), Elizabeth has served as in-house counsel at two digital identity startups, outside counsel with two prominent international law firms, and as a government attorney focused on cybersecurity. Her work is focused on law and policy challenges at the intersection of data protection and privacy laws, digital identity schemes, and emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence. A frequent public speaker and advocate, Elizabeth has presented before the European Commission, U.K. Parliament, and a variety of international organizations. Elizabeth is passionate about undoing, preventing, and combatting the commodification of our data and, in turn, our identities. To that end, she will spend her time as a fellow designing new and improved legal frameworks for the digital age in order to protect and promote the fundamental rights of individuals as humans first rather than as consumers in a data-industrial complex. Elizabeth holds an A.B. from Harvard College, graduated on the Dean’s List from Vanderbilt Law School, and obtained an LLM from the London School of Economics, where she earned distinction for her dissertation on media and the law.



When privacy meets pandemic

Applying core international human rights principles to coronavirus-related privacy interferences

Applying core international human rights principles to coronavirus-related privacy interferences

Mar 23, 2020

Governments Face Trade-Offs on Privacy in Fight Against Coronavirus

Elizabeth Renieris argues it’s not just the government that is having to navigate these complex questions.

Mar 16, 2020
Digital Trends

Chrome is ditching third-party cookies because Google wants your data all to itself

Elizabeth Renieris on why we should not celebrate Google's move to remove third-party cookies from Chrome

Feb 19, 2020

A Tale of Two (Small) Victories

Elizabeth Renieris on what BIPA and SyRI-related developments tell us about the future of privacy

Feb 6, 2020

How Web 3 can use Google-like tactics to keep users

Elizabeth Renieris warns that a new product offering companies working on Web 3 a way to send in-app notifications and targeted emails may be rebuilding what blockchain set out to…

Jan 25, 2020

An Identity Layer for the Web Would Identify Us Everywhere

Elizabeth Renieris on why a blockchain-based identity layer for the web could have unintended consequences.

Dec 21, 2019

It’s Time for Contextual Identity

A theory of digital ID premised on Helen Nissenbaum’s theory of privacy

Dec 18, 2019

Is Libra Dead?

Elizabeth Renieris says that might be the wrong question to ask

Oct 15, 2019

Forget erasure: why blockchain is really incompatible with the GDPR

An assessment of blockchain against the GDPR’s core principles

Sep 23, 2019