Biography

Biography

Elana Zeide is a Privacy Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute, a member of its Privacy Research Group, an Affiliate of the Data & Society research center, and a member of the Future of Privacy Forum's Advisory Board.

Elana examines the law, policies, and cultural norms governing information in the context of technological innovation. She currently focuses on student privacy and information flow in education.

Her research addresses issues including the adequacy of formal and informal regulatory frameworks, the ethics of research in interactive digital environments, and the implications of permanent records and predictive analytics in an era of big data.

*Elana is currently considering opportunities to pursue after her fellowship ends in summer 2015.*

Elana's publications include The Proverbial Permanent Record and “Legal and Privacy Considerations Resulting from Data Mining” in Business Analytics: An Introduction.

Her most recent works, under submission, are Moving Beyond FIPPs & FERPA: Student Privacy Principles in an Age of Big Data and From Purposes to Privacy: How Education Paradigms drive Student Data Policies. 

Over the past year, she has also organized the "Symposium on Student Privacy in Higher Education: Building Privacy into Data-Driven Education" at Microsoft's Innovation & Policy Center and the Algorithms & Accountabilty Conference at New York University.

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 came to the fellowship from her own privacy and media 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 represented The National Enquirer.