Elana Zeide is a Privacy Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute and an Affiliate of the Data & Society research center. She is a member of NYU's Privacy Research Group, Data & Society's Enabling Connected Learning initiative, and the Data Quality Campaign's Privacy Leaders Collaboration Group.

Elana focuses on privacy, security, and legal issues created by technological innovation in the educational sector, as well as broader issues regarding the implications of big data analytics and robot automation, mechanisms for algorithmic accountability, and ethical issues of using education-generated data for research. She advises educators, institutions, companies, and policymakers on regulatory requirements and best practices to facilitate information flow between public, non-profit, and private entities. 

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: An Introduction.

Elana's most recent work examines The Proverbial Permanent Record.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Elana was a journalist and gossip 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 represented The National Enquirer.