March 04, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.... As industry, governments, and consumers around the world focus increasingly on data innovation and privacy issues, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is establishing a practice that seeks to find a balance that drives innovation and advances individual expectations of data privacy.
Yael Weinman, who currently serves as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Julie Brill, will join ITI in April as Vice President for Global Privacy Policy and General Counsel.  She has worked at the FTC in various capacities since 2002.
“Yael has an exemplary record working domestically and internationally on privacy, data protection, and Internet governance issues.  Having worked as general counsel for two successful online start-ups, she has first-hand understanding of the tech sector,” ITI President & CEO Dean Garfield said.  “Given the growing importance of data analytics, data protection, and privacy to our membership globally, we have no doubt that Yael will have an immediate positive impact.”
“There is enormous potential at the confluence of tech innovation and privacy protections.  People want more – expect more – faster, smarter capabilities from their personal technologies today, and they also expect that those technologies will not place their personal data in jeopardy.  I look forward to the work with global governments, stakeholder groups, and the leaders of the tech sector to develop smart, effective strategies that enhance innovation and ensure privacy protections,” Weinman said.
ITI, a leading global policy and advocacy organization working on behalf of the world’s top innovation and technology companies, has a strong global cybersecurity practice that has forged effective policy solutions with governments and in collaboration with key stakeholders.  It’s a model that ITI’s John Neuffer, Senior Vice President for Global Policy, believes will be enhanced with Weinman’s expertise and insights.
“From the trade perspective, bringing Yael on board is a major step forward for the tech sector and ITI as data innovation and privacy issues are becoming trade issues in key markets around the world.  Under the cloak of privacy concerns, some governments are setting up discriminatory trade barriers that frustrate our industry’s ability to compete and grow," Neuffer explained.  “Yael will be leading the charge to drive balanced approaches to privacy that enhance innovation while also protecting an individual’s personal data.”
About ITI
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies.  ITI navigates the relationships between policymakers, companies, and non-governmental organizations, providing creative solutions that advance the development and use of technology around the world. to learn more.
About Yael Weinman
Yael Weinman has served as an attorney advisor to Commissioner Julie Brill at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) since June 2011.  She advises Commissioner Brill on privacy and data security, addressing both domestic and international issues and dealing with both policy and enforcement.  Before that, Ms. Weinman was Counsel for International Consumer Protection at the FTC, where she focused on international policy issues and enforcement cooperation in the areas of privacy and data security. 

Ms. Weinman has served on the U.S. government delegations to several international organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Electronic Commerce Steering Group and Data Privacy Subgroup.  She also has led the FTC delegation to the London Action Plan, an international anti-spam network.

Since 2009, Ms. Weinman has been an FTC delegate to the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, attending the annual meeting of this international organization of privacy regulators that the FTC officially joined in 2010.  Also in 2010, she was instrumental in launching the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), an international network that facilitates cross-border enforcement cooperation among privacy enforcement authorities.

Prior to joining the Federal Trade Commission in 2002, Ms. Weinman was the General Counsel at an online retailer.  Ms. Weinman earned her law degree from Fordham Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.