Elana Zeide is a Privacy Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute. She focuses on student privacy in the context of technological innovation. Her current research examines the changing norms and competing values at issue as education becomes increasingly cloud-based and data-driven, and explores how context can inform the development and adoption of student privacy standards. Other interests include the evolution of privacy expectations and regulation, the tension between privacy and other private and public goods, and the privacy and free speech implications of obscurity and publicity.
Elana graduated from Yale University and New York University's School of Law. She subsequently worked as a Litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC, a Legal Analyst at Bloomberg L.P., and a Visiting Professor at Yale University, where she taught courses on Free Speech and the First Amendment. She previously focused on privacy and media law as a sole practitioner, counseling a wide array of traditional and digital media clients on First Amendment, Information Law, and Intellectual Property issues.
Her publications include “In Bed with the Military?: First Amendment Implications of Embedded Journalism" in The New York University Law Review and in The First Amendment Law Handbook, published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and “Legal and Privacy Considerations Resulting from Data Mining” in the textbook Business Analytics.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elana was a journalist in London and New York, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She believes she is the only person to have both reported for and represented The National Enquirer.