2019 Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC 2019)


May 30 & 31, 2019
UC Berkeley Law School
Berkeley, CA


Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. PLSC brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). For more information, see our FAQ.

PLSC is a paper workshop. There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available. Because authors’ drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors’ ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.

At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a “commenter” who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author’s paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in “listening” mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.

All participants are expected to read and be prepared to discuss one paper per session (usually a total of 8 papers), and thus PLSC requires significant preparation. We recommended that participants devote 1.5 to 2 days of reading to prepare prior to the conference. One does not need to submit a paper to participate in PLSC–indeed most participants do not.

PLSC is an annual event, alternating between Berkeley Law and The George Washington University School of Law.

Participation is by invitation only. Last year, PLSC had 280 participants.

International Association of Privacy Professionals Paper Award

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is sponsoring an award for two papers presented at PLSC. The two winning authors will each receive $2,500 from IAPP, an opportunity to present the paper at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2017 (travel will be provided for up to two authors of each paper), and an opportunity to publish an abstract or summary of the paper in the Privacy Advisor. The criteria are overall excellence and relevance to the practice of privacy law. and the recipients are chosen by our program committee.

PLSC Program Committee

The PLSC Program Committee assists in judging papers for awards, and in selecting abstracts for inclusion in the conference.

  • Franziska Boehm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Ryan Calo, University of Washington
  • Danielle Citron, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Deven Desai, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Kirsty Hughes, University of Cambridge
  • William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Paul Schwartz, Berkeley Law
  • Priscilla Regan, George Mason University
  • Neil Richards, Washington University Law

PLSC Co-Chairs

  • Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University School of Law
  • Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley Law & School of Information

Hotel Accommodations



In 2018, the Program Committee adopted a statement reflecting our longstanding approach to sponsorship.






Participants (as of December 19, 2018)

Shazeda Ahmed UC Berkeley School of Information
Kamel Ajji Paris 2 University
Ifeoma Ajunwa Cornell University
Kendra Albert Harvard Law School
Micah Altman MIT
Ana Anton Georgia Institute of Technology
Chinmayi Arun Beckman Klein Centre at Harvard University
Lisa Austin University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Peter Austin Palantir Technologies
Renata Barreto Berkeley Law
Steven Bellovin Columbia University
Michael Birnhack Tel Aviv University
Jody Blanke Mercer University
Hannah Bloch-Wehba Drexel University Kline School of Law
Dan Bouk Colgate University
Anne Boustead University of Arizona
Courtney Bowman Palantir Technologies
Maja Brkan Maastricht University
Jill Bronfman Common Sense Media
Jeff Brueggeman AT&T
Aaron Burstein Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Lee Bygrave University of Oslo
Joseph Calandrino Federal Trade Commission
Ryan Calo University of Washington
Tim Casey Calif. Western School of Law
Bryan Choi The Ohio State University
Danielle Citron University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Ignacio Cofone McGill University
Julie Cohen Georgetown Law
Rebecca Crootof Yale Law School
Catherine Crump UC Berkeley School of Law
Mary Culnan Future of Privacy Forum
Xin Dai Ocean University of China Law School
Jennifer Daskal American University Washington College of Law
Lydia De la Torre Santa Clara
Alex Deane FTI Consulting
Jolynn Dellinger Duke/UNC
Will DeVries Google
Pam Dixon World Privacy Forum
Nick Doty UC Berkeley, School of Information
Natasha Duarte Center for Democracy & Technology
Lilian Edwards University of Newcastle,  Law School
Serge Egelman UC Berkeley / ICSI
Kristen Eichensehr UCLA School of Law
Ronan Fahy University of Amsterdam
Muge Fazlioglu International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Aaron Fluitt Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Sharon Franklin New America’s Open Technology Institute
Juliane Fries World Bank
Amy Gajda Tulane University Law School
Raphaël Gellert TILT
Robert Gellman Privacy Consultant
Ashley Gorham University of Pennsylvania/ NYU Information Law Institute
Megan Graham UC Berkeley School of Law
John Grant Palantir Technologies
Jim Graves Georgetown Law
Megan Gray DuckDuckGo
Rebecca Green William & Mary Law School
Jeremy Greenberg Future of Privacy Forum
Michael Hamilton Salesforce
Gautam Hans Vanderbilt Law School
Woodrow Hartzog Northeastern University
Stephen Henderson The University of Oklahoma
Mike Hintze Hintze Law PLLC / University of Washington School of Law
Dennis Hirsch Ohio State Moritz College of Law
Jared Ho Federal Trade Commission
Lance Hoffman George Washington University
Chris Hoofnagle UC Berkeley
Kirsty Hughes University of Cambridge
Sarah Igo Vanderbilt University
Catherine Jasserand University of Groningen
Joseph Jerome Center for Democracy & Technology
Kristin Johnson Tulane University Law School
D.R. Jones University of Memphis School of Law
Margot Kaminski Colorado Law
Sonia Katyal UC Berkeley
Brett Kaufman ACLU
Orin Kerr University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Ido Kilovaty University of Tulsa College of Law
Jen King Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Anne Klinefelter University of North Carolina
Daniel Kluttz UC Berkeley School of Information
Logan Koepke Upturn
Nitin Kohli UC Berkeley School of Information
Joshua Kroll UC Berkeley
Susan Landau Tufts University
Claudia Langer University of Saarland Law School, Germany/AUDI Group
Ronald Lee Arnold & Porter
Becky Lenaburg Microsoft Corporation
Brenda Leong Future of Privacy Forum
Karen Levy Cornell University
Tiffany Li Yale Law School
Katrina Ligett Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Asaf Lubin Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Jennifer Lynch EFF
Orla Lynskey LSE Law
Mark MacCarthy Georgetown University
Rory Macmillan Macmillan Keck Attorneys & Solicitors
Mary Madden Data & Society Research Institute
Jonathan Manes University at Buffalo, SUNY
Carter Manny University of Southern Maine
Mason Marks Yale Law School
Dustin Marlan University of Massachusetts School of Law
Chanda Marlowe Future of Privacy Forum
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler New York University School of Law
Kirsten Martin George Washington University School of Business
Aaron Massey University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Hideyuki MATSUMI Independent Researcher
Emily McReynolds Microsoft Research
Sylvain Métille Lausanne University (Switzerland)
Laura Moy Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law
Scott Mulligan Skidmore College
Tejas Narechania UC Berkeley School of Law
Bryce Newell University of Kentucky
Nora Ni Loideain Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
Kobbi Nissim Georgetown University
Thomas O’Malley Former DOJ, Founder of Frozen Pii
Andrew Odlyzko University of Minnesota
Paul Ohm Georgetown University Law Center
Peter Ormerod Western Carolina University
Nicole Ozer ACLU of California
Susan Park Boise State University
Stephanie Pell West Point
Jon Penney Citizen Lab, University of Toronto / Dalhousie / Princeton CITP
Najarian Peters Seton Hall Law School
Jules Polonetsky Future of Privacy Forum
Natalie Ram University of Baltimore School of Law
Richard Re UCLA School of Law
Priscilla Regan George Mason University
Blake Reid Colorado Law
Neil Richards Washington University in St. Louis
Sarah Roberts UCLA
David Robinson Cornell Information Science
Zak Rogoff Georgetown University
Alex Rosenblat Data & Society Research Institute
Alan Rubel University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ira Rubinstein NYU School of Law
Madelyn Sanfilippo CITP, Princeton
Elaine Sedenberg UC Berkeley School of Information
Andrew Selbst Data & Society Research Institute
Stuart Shapiro MITRE Corporation
Katie Shilton University of Maryland, College Park
Yan Shvartzshnaider NYU
Robert Sloan university of Illinois @ Chicago
Jeff Sovern St. John’s University School of Law
Luke Stark Microsoft Research Montreal
Andrew Stivers Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics
Katherine Strandburg New York University School of Law
Daniel Susser Penn State
Dan Svirsky Harvard University
Peter Swire Georgia Institute of Technology
Matthew Tokson University of Utah
Prem Trivedi Georgetown University
Janice Tsai Mozilla
Charlotte Tschider DePaul University College of Law
Ot Van Daalen Institute for Information Law
Nico Van Eijk Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam)
Joris Van Hoboken LSTS (VUB) & IViR (UvA)
Michael Veale University College London
Maximilian Von Grafenstein Einstein Center Digital Future / Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Sandra Wachter University of Oxford
Ari Waldman New York Law School
Hao Wang University of Amsterdam
Richard Warner Chicago-Kent College of Law
Yeong Wei Wee Palantir Technologies
Lindsay Weinberg Purdue University
Jonathan Weinberg Wayne State Univ. Law School
Gabriel Weinberg DuckDuckGo
Christiane Wendehorst University of Vienna
Susanne Wetzel Stevens Institute of Technology
Rebecca Wexler Southern District of New York
Tara Whalen Google
Craig Wills Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kurt Wimmer Covington & Burling
Peter Winn U.S. Department of Justice
Jesse Woo Kyoto University
Alexandra Wood Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Allison Woodruff Google
Felix Wu Cardozo School of Law
Svetlana Yakovleva Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Harlan Yu Upturn
Tal Zarsky Univ. of Haifa – Faculty of Law
Elana Zeide UCLA
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius University Brussels & Amsterdam