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Data Privacy: a new era or a bygone one?

  • 22 Sep 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, CA


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Silvia Veronese in conversation with Paola Zeni (Chief Privacy Officer, RingCentral), Lourdes Turrecha (Founder, The Rise of Privacy Tech), and Irina Raicu (Internet Ethics Program Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University)

Join us for an evening of great food & wine at Donato Enoteca, coupled with a conversation around one of today's most discussed topics: what's happening to my data? And how do I run a business while dealing with a myriad privacy laws? We all can clearly see both sides of this complicated topic.

Data protection is paramount in order to respect and ensure human dignity. The right to privacy is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and many other international and regional human rights instruments. 

As technology evolves and the amount of personal data processed increases every day, the ability of individuals to control their data appears to diminish. And yet, new laws have been passed (GDPR in Europe, CPPA in Canada, CCPA in California, etc.) and there seems to be renewed interest and new efforts to bring about a stronger focus on protecting personal data.

SVIEC is bringing together international data protection experts to provide insights into the challenges of privacy and data protection. The panel discussion will revolve around rules that organizations are required to adopt  to protect personal data, how technology can help, and how we can protect our privacy and our individual identity. 

The panelists will further explore the numerous risks to privacy in today's increasingly digital world in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the measures that the US and Europe are implementing, such as the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework, to manage those risks and protect privacy.

Panel: Paola Zeni, Lourdes Turrecha, Irina Raicu
Moderator: Silvia Veronese



Paola Zeni is an international attorney, a  privacy expert, and a veteran of the cybersecurity industry. She is the Chief Privacy Officer at RingCentral, a provider of cloud-based communication and collaboration services. Previously she was responsible for privacy at Palo Alto Networks.She is also a Board Member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsels and one of the founders of Silicon Valley for America, an organization focused on promoting civil liberties and democracy across the country. 



Lourdes Turrecha, is a privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection strategist, lawyer, and leader. Lourdes also founded The Rise of Privacy Tech, an initiative with a mission to fuel privacy innovation by bringing together privacy tech founders, investors, and advisors to bridge the existing tech-capital-expertise gaps in privacy innovation. In her capacity as a privacy tech advisor and investor, she advises privacy tech startups on their privacy strategy, covering product design and market positioning in the nascent privacy tech landscape.



Irina Raicu directs the Internet Ethics program (@IEthics) at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She is a certified information privacy professional, and her work addresses a wide variety of issues—from online privacy to social media’s impact on society, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, and from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten. Raicu is also a member of the Partnership on AI's working group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, USA Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Recode.


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