Stanford Law School Appoints Jennifer King as Director of Consumer Privacy, Center for Internet and Society

Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer King as Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Dr. King will lead the center’s research efforts in consumer privacy. Dr. King joins Albert Gidari, Consulting Director of Privacy, who focuses on government surveillance and enforcement, cross border data issues, and electronic surveillance.

“Data privacy, and consumer privacy specifically, continues to be critically important,” said CIS Faculty Director and Professor of Law Barbara van Schewick. “Jennifer’s expertise in technology, human-computer interaction, and public policy will help CIS advance the state of interdisciplinary privacy research and contribute to public debates on these crucial issues.”

Dr. King is a recognized expert and scholar in information privacy. Her research examines the public’s understanding and expectations of online privacy, from the use of social media sites such as Facebook to smartphone platforms and connected devices. She also evaluates the policy implications of emerging technologies. Her work has been recognized for its impact on policymaking by the Future of Privacy Forum, and she has been an invited speaker before the Federal Trade Commission at several Commission workshops. Dr. King recently completed her doctorate in Information Science at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information.

“Online privacy is a complex and important area with tremendous impact on society, as several recent events have demonstrated,” said Dr. King. “My research attempts to bridge the gap between how the public thinks about their privacy and what technologists create. Often these two things are in conflict. I am excited to join CIS to continue to conduct privacy research in the public interest.”

Prior to completing her doctorate, Dr. King was a co-director of the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy, a graduate student-led research center at UC Berkeley, and was a privacy researcher at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law. She received her Master’s in Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a product manager for several Internet companies, most notably Yahoo!

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