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California Privacy Protection Agency Board Appointments Announced


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On March 17, California officials announced the inaugural
membership of the five-member board for the California Privacy
Protection Agency (CPPA). The formation of the CPPA is a
requirement of the recently passed California Privacy Rights Act
(CPRA), which goes into effect on January 1, 2023. The newly formed
agency is responsible for conducting rulemaking under the CPRA and
enforcing the law, as well as providing guidance to consumers
regarding their rights.

In terms of next steps, we expect that the CPPA will hire
additional staff in the near future. (The CPRA directs the agency
to appoint an executive director, as well as officers, counsel, and
employees). The CPPA will also be responsible for adopting
regulations for the CPRA by July 1, 2022 and enforcing the law
beginning on July 1, 2023.

The following board members will serve on the CPPA:

  • Jennifer M. Urban. Urban has been a Clinical
    Professor of Law and Director of Policy Initiatives for the
    Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the
    University of California, Berkeley School of Law since 2009, where
    she has held multiple positions since 2002, including Fellow,
    Lecturer, and Visiting Acting Clinical Professor of Law. She was a
    Clinical Professor of Law and the founding Director of the
    Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic at the University
    of Southern California, Gould School of Law from 2004 to 2009.
    Urban was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Interim
    Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Stanford Law School from 2007 to
    2008. She was an Attorney in the IP Group at Venture Law Group from
    2000 to 2001. Urban is a member of the American Association of Law
    Schools, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Takedown
    Research Network, American Civil Liberties Union, and Authors
    Alliance. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of
    California, Berkeley School of Law.

  • John Christopher Thompson. Thompson has been
    Senior Vice President of Government Relations at LA 2028 since
    2020. He held multiple positions at Southern California Edison from
    2013 to 2020, including Vice President of Local Public Affairs and
    Vice President of Decommissioning. Thompson held multiple positions
    in the United States Senate from 2003 to 2013, including Chief of
    Staff, Legislative Director, and Legislative Assistant. He was a
    Legislative Assistant at the United States House of Representatives
    from 1996 to 2001. Thompson is a member of the California Science
    Center Foundation, Public Media Group of Southern California, and
    Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership
    Council.

  • Angela Sierra. Sierra recently served as Chief
    Assistant Attorney General of the Public Rights Division,
    overseeing the work of the Division’s over 400 employees in
    areas related to safeguarding civil rights, protecting consumers
    against misleading advertising claims, fraudulent business
    practices and privacy violations, maintaining competitive markets,
    protecting consumers’ health care rights, preserving charitable
    assets and safeguarding the State’s natural resources and
    environment. As the Chief of the Public Rights Division, Sierra
    oversaw the Consumer Protection Section’s Privacy Unit,
    including the Unit’s multi-state data-breach settlement with
    Equifax in 2019 that resolved allegations that the credit reporting
    agency improperly exposed the personal information of 147 million
    consumers, including 15 million Californians. During her 33-year
    career at the Department of Justice, Sierra worked on a broad range
    of issues, including, police practices, voting rights, housing and
    employment discrimination, immigrant rights, civil prosecution of
    hate crimes, discriminatory business practices, disability access,
    reproductive rights, environmental justice, Native American
    cultural protection, and access to education. Sierra is also a
    seasoned litigator and appellate advocate with administrative law
    and rulemaking experience and throughout her career has worked
    closely with a wide array of state agencies.

  • Lydia de la Torre. Since 2017, de la Torre has
    been a professor at Santa Clara University Law School, where she
    has taught privacy law and co-directed the Santa Clara Law Privacy
    Certificate Program, a cutting-edge program that enables students
    to graduate ready to practice privacy law. She also has served as
    of-counsel to Squire Patton Boggs, where she specialized in
    privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. She is leaving the law
    firm to take on this appointment, and during a short transition out
    of the firm, she will not be participating in any firm meetings or
    business related to the CPRA. Lydia de la Torre is an international
    expert in data protection issues generally and in the European
    Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in
    particular.

  • Vinhcent Le. Le currently serves as a
    Technology Equity attorney at the Greenlining Institute, focusing
    on consumer privacy, closing the digital divide, and preventing
    algorithmic bias. Le’s work has helped secure funding to
    increase broadband access, improve and modernize the California
    Lifeline Program, and create a program to provide laptops to
    low-income students in California. Prior to his current position,
    he served as a law clerk in the Orange County Public Defenders
    Office, the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals, and the Small
    Business Administration. Le received a J.D. from the University of
    California, Irvine School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science
    from the University of California, San Diego.

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