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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.


Digital Privacy News
Mar 31, 2020

Q&A: Elizabeth Renieris

Data ownership is dangerous More


Omidyar Network

Pathways and Pitfalls for Social Payment Programs and Data Protection

"There is no meaningful choice between compulsory digitization or exclusion."

Jun 30, 2020
Our Data Podcast

Moral Data Markets: Human-Centric Data Protection

Elizabeth Renieris joins Our Data podcast

Jun 24, 2020

The Dangers of Blockchain-Enabled “Immunity Passports” for COVID-19

A legal, public health, and technical perspective from BKC’s Elizabeth Renieris.

May 18, 2020

The future of data governance

It’s time to move beyond individualistic approaches to data governance, writes Elizabeth Renieris

Apr 13, 2020
Omidyar Network

Data Protection and Digital Infrastructure Before, During, and After a Pandemic

Part one of an exploration into the pathways and pitfalls for good global data protection in an evolving landscape.

Apr 7, 2020

You Really Don’t Want to Sell Your Data

Proposals that would let people sell their information seem empowering—but they aren’t, writes BKC’s Elizabeth Renieris.

Apr 7, 2020
Women in Privacy

SSI? What we really need is full data portability

Despite numerous predictions by industry analysts that “self-sovereign identity” (or “SSI”) would be a key trend by now, in reality there is still limited adoption outside of…

Mar 31, 2020

The Role of Identity in Europe's Digital Future

Elizabeth Renieris considers the European Commission's recent communications regarding a universally accepted public electronic identity (eID)

Mar 26, 2020

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