Common Sense Welcomes Esteemed Privacy Expert to Serve as Privacy Counsel

Common Sense Media
Monday, June 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Common Sense announced today that Jillisa Bronfman is joining the organization in the role of privacy counsel, working to help educators understand the privacy implications of the technology they use to support teaching and learning. Bronfman brings more than a decade of experience as a lawyer focusing on privacy and security, a university lecturer and scholar, a noted writer and media spokesperson, and a mentor to young students.

"We're honored to connect Jill's depth of experience with our efforts to keep students -- and their data -- safe when they're using the many edtech apps and services available to them," said James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense. "Not only does she have an impressive background of teaching, research, and writing on the intersection of privacy and technology, but she's also clearly committed to the well-being of children."

With a joint J.D./master's degree from the University of Southern California in law and communications management and a dual undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in mass communications and history, Bronfman has a deep understanding of both the legal requirements and the technical aspects of privacy. She oversaw the Privacy and Technology Project, an academic nonprofit at Hastings College of the Law, University of California, and was assistant general counsel at Verizon, analyzing and negotiating security and privacy contracts and procedures. At Hastings and San Francisco State University, she taught courses such as media ethics and privacy compliance, and she volunteered as a tutor with 826 Valencia and as a college counselor for ScholarMatch.

In addition to teaching and practicing law, Bronfman is a prolific author, presenter, and panel moderator. Her writing has appeared in both specialized and mainstream publications. She regularly speaks at conferences around the country; appears as an expert on news programs and in articles for such outlets as USA Today, CNET, and KQED; and writes tech-infused fiction on the side, for fun.

"As a long-time advocate for better privacy protections and policies, I'm delighted to join the Common Sense team working on these concerns for kids," Bronfman said. "My teaching and volunteer work have given me a firsthand look at how technology has changed the education landscape, and I look forward to helping Common Sense's mission to help students and educators with these complex issues."

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