Ira Rubinstein

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Senior Fellow, Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law

Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute. His research interests include Internet privacy, electronic surveillance law, big data, and voters' privacy. Rubinstein lectures and publishes widely on issues of privacy and security and has testified before Congress on these topics on several occasions.

Recent papers include a research report on “Systematic Government Access to Personal Data: A Comparative Analysis," prepared for the Center for Democracy and Technology and co-authored with Ron Lee and Greg Nojeim; “Big Data: The End of Privacy or a New Beginning,” published in International Data Privacy Law in 2013 and presented at the 2013 Computer Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels; “Privacy by Design: A Counterfactual Analysis of Google and Facebook Privacy Incidents,” co-authored with Nathan Good, published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal in 2013 and which won the IAPP Privacy Law Scholars Award at the 5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in 2012; and "Regulating Privacy by Design," 26 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1409 (2012). Rubinstein has also completed a work in progress entitled "Voter Privacy in the Age of Big Data."

Prior to joining the ILI, Rubinstein spent 17 years in Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs department, most recently as Associate General Counsel in charge of the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group. Before coming to Microsoft, he was in private practice in Seattle, specializing in immigration law. Rubinstein graduated from Yale Law School in 1985. From 1998-2001, he served on the President's Export Council, Subcommittee on Encryption. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology

Publications/Media/Affiliations of Ira Rubinstein


Microsoft, Center for Democracy and Technology, Future of Privacy Forum

Areas of Expertise

Internet privacy, electronic surveillance law, big data, voters' privacy, EU data protection law, privacy engineering