Privacy Advisory Committee

Privacy Advisory Committee

To advise the City’s privacy initiative efforts, an external Privacy Advisory Committee has been assembled. Comprised of privacy researchers, practitioners, and community representatives, this group of experts will provide guidance on leading privacy practices and potential public impact of proposed solutions.

City of Seattle: Privacy Advisory Committee Members

Ryan Calo

Ryan Calo

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington

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Professor Calo researches the intersection of law and emerging technology, with an emphasis on robotics and the Internet. His work on drones, driverless cars, privacy, and other topics has appeared in law reviews and major news outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR. Professor Calo has also testified before the full Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate. In 2014, he was named one of the most important people in robotics by Business Insider.

Professor Calo serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Future of Privacy Forum, and National Robotics Week. Professor Calo co-chairs the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence committee of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Internet and Computer Law.

Professor Calo previously served as a director at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS) where he remains an Affiliate Scholar. He also worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Prior to law school at the University of Michigan, Professor Calo investigated allegations of police misconduct in New York City.

Aileen Cronin

Aileen Cronin

Associate General Counsel, Managing Director Information Management & Compliance, Alaska Airlines Group (AAG)

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Aileen Cronin is currently employed at Alaska Airlines where she is Associate General Counsel, responsible for the strategic growth and development of the data privacy, enterprise records and compliance programs.  Prior to her current role she was a Senior Attorney at Alaska Airlines and counseled in the areas of Labor, Employment, and Commercial & Regulatory law.

Previously, Aileen was Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office where she supported the Department of Labor and Industries.

She is a graduate of University of California at San Diego, receiving her BA in Communications and Political Science and received her Doctorate of Law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Jared Friend

Director of Technology and Liberty, ACLU of Washington

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Jared Friend is the Director of Technology and Liberty and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. His work at the ACLU is focused on the intersection between privacy, free speech, and developing technologies. Prior to joining the ACLU, Jared was an associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Cooley LLP. His representative areas of experience were focused on free/open-source licensing and compliance, online and mobile tracking, FTC inquiry and order compliance, regulatory data security compliance, development of internal privacy and data security practices, data breach notice obligations, biometrics, and regulatory policy.

Jared attended Berkeley School of Law, where he received the Law and Technology Certificate, worked for the Samuelson Technology Clinic, and was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal submissions team. Prior to law school, Jared worked for a number of technology companies in the Seattle area in test engineering roles. He attended the University of Washington where he received a BFA in Digital Arts and Experimental Media, received the DXARTS Distinguished Undergraduate Award, was a Mary Gates Research Scholar, and received a College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant.

Michael K. Hamilton

Michael K. Hamilton

CEO & Managing Partner MKH & Associates

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Michael has nearly 25 years of experience in information security, as a practitioner, consultant, executive and entrepreneur. As former Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Seattle, Michael managed information security policy, strategy, and operations for 30 government agencies. Prior, Michael was the Managing Consultant for VeriSign Global Security Consulting and in that role provided expertise for hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 1 to small private colleges, and in nearly every sector.

Michael is a subject-matter expert and former Vice-Chair for the DHS State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Government Coordinating Council; a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board of Olympic College; and on the Board of Directors of the VanGo Project. His awards include Member of the Year with the Association of City and County Information Systems (ACCIS), and Collaboration Award from the Center for Digital Government.​

Currently, Michael serves as a Policy Adviser for the State of Washington Office of the CIO, and spearheads the Public Regional Information Security Event Monitoring (PRISEM) project, a regional cyber event monitoring system that is unique in the nation.​

Tracy Ann Kosa

Senior Privacy Strategist, Microsoft

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Tracy Ann Kosa is a privacy advocate. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the past Chair of the InfoSec Program Advisory Committee at Seneca @ York University, and formerly a long standing community member of the Research Ethics Board for the University of Toronto.  She was the founding member of the Privacy Impact Assessment Centre of Excellence at the Government of Ontario in Toronto from 2007 to 2012.

Tracy attended the Oxford Internet Institute's Summer Doctoral Program in 2011, and the inaugural IFIP Computation Trust Summer Program the same year. She was trained in international relations and political science at the University of Windsor, public policy at the University of Manitoba, privacy ethics at York University and is currently a doctoral candidate in computer science at the University Of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Tracy currently works as a Senior Privacy Compliance Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, WA and provides privacy guidance to a number of startups.

Ben Krokower

Owner, Upwards Technologies

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Ben Krokower is very interested in the role that technology plays in our educational system and in our lower-income and immigrant communities. He is a technology entrepreneur and the owner of Faster Campaigns and of Upwards Technologies, providing web site and database consulting for local non-profit and political organizations. He's worked with the Downtown Seattle Association and Pride Foundation among others. He previously worked as a Development Lead at Microsoft and also volunteered at 826 Seattle to help kids with their math and science homework. He is a graduate of Bates College.

Susan Lyon-Hintze

Law Office of Susan Lyon-Hintze

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Susan Lyon-Hintze has provided legal counsel to tech and e-commerce clients for over 15 years over a decade of which has been focused exclusively on the area of privacy and security. She advises clients from small start-ups to major Internet, technology, advertising, and mobile companies on a wide range of U.S. and international privacy and data security issues. Representative areas of expertise include CAN-SPAM, FTC Act, Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA), telemarketing laws, data security and data breach notice obligations, behavioral targeting and advertising, online and mobile tracking and monitoring using automatic tracking technology, facial recognition and biometrics, cloud computing strategy, and legislative and regulatory policy and outreach.

Ms. Lyon-Hintze formerly served as co-chair of Cooley LLP's privacy group and co-lead of Perkins Coie's privacy group. She also gained valuable in-house experience as privacy counsel with Microsoft Corp., where she was the lead attorney responsible for global privacy law compliance for all sales and marketing activities and legislative policy in the area of privacy, data security, and online safety. Prior to Microsoft she served as lead privacy counsel at Dell, Inc.

Adam Moore

Adam Moore

Associate Professor, Information School University of Washington

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Adam Moore is an Associate Professor at the Information School. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Ohio State University. He teaches and publishes in the areas of intellectual property, privacy, and information control. He is the author of 2 books, 2 edited anthologies, and over 30 articles.

His areas of expertize include Information Ethics – Intellectual Property, Privacy, Free Speech, Security and Hacking, Philosophy of Law, Normative Ethics, Social and Political Theory.

James Neff

James Neff

Investigations Editor, The Seattle Times

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James Neff is a prize-winning author and editor. He has written five nonfiction books, including the critically acclaimed The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case (Random House). Vendetta, his book about Robert F. Kennedy's war against Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, will be published by Little, Brown & Company in July 2015.

His biography of Teamster president Jackie Presser, Mobbed Up, was adapted as the HBO movie "Teamster Boss" and won the Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 4,500-member nonprofit organization that trains journalists worldwide.  He served on IRE's board of directors for a decade, including a term as its president.

Aravind Swaminathan

Aravind Swaminathan

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Aravind Swaminathan is an accomplished litigator and former federal prosecutor, with extensive experience representing companies and individuals in cybersecurity and data breaches, government and internal investigations, and privacy-related matters. In his cybersecurity and data privacy practice, Aravind routinely counsels clients in proactive assessment and management of internal and external cybersecurity risks, and advises boards of directors on cyber-related corporate governance matters. Aravind has directed numerous internal data breach investigations and cybersecurity incident response efforts, including incidents with national security implications. He also represents companies and organizations facing cybersecurity and privacy-oriented class action litigation that can often follow a breach. Aravind is a sought-after speaker on cybersecurity issues, including threat landscapes, mitigation strategies, incident response plans, and threat management in mobile device ecosystems.

Until 2013, Aravind was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where he served as one of the district's Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorneys. He led the United States Attorney's Office cybercrime outreach program for the Western District of Washington, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues. As a prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases including ones involving hacking, phishing, theft of trade secrets, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also draws from his considerable experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Complex Crimes Unit where he investigated and prosecuted complex investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.

Aravind also served as General Counsel to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s task force on drone legislation.
You can follow him on twitter @cyber_swami.