Biography

Biography

Elana Zeide is an attorney, scholar, and consultant focusing on student privacy, predictive analytics, and the proverbial permanent record in the age of big data. Elana advises parents, educators, companies, and policymakers on student information practices in traditional schools, virtual learning environments, and the commercial sphere. 

As an academic, Elana examines the law, policies, and cultural norms emerging as education, hiring, and human evaluation become increasingly data-driven. This includes exploring how innovation alters the assumptions underlying traditional and new approaches to data protection and creating cross-disciplinary conversations to better align privacy conceptualization and regulation to today's technology. She also writes for both popular and academic publications, recently including a discussion of algorithmic profiling on Slate, an article examining student privacy regulation in the Drexel Law Review, and chapters in the forthcoming Handbook of Learning Analytics & Educational Data Mining and Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy.

Elana is an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology, a visiting fellow at Yale School of Law's Information Society Project, an affiliate at Data & Society Research Institute, and an Advisory Board Member of the Future of Privacy Forum. She graduated from Yale University and New York University's School of Law. Elana 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 before opening her own privacy, media, and technology law practice.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Elana was a journalist and pop culture columnist 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 legally represented The National Enquirer.