Women in Identity Profiles

Elizabeth Renieris

Global Policy Counsel, Evernym, Inc. 

Elizabeth is a law and policy expert focused on foreign and domestic policy issues, cross-border compliance, and global governance challenges related to digital and self-sovereign identity. Focused on overhauling the individual’s experience of digital identity in ways that protect and promote individual rights, she spends a lot of time advising law and policymakers about technologies that can help achieve these ends. Her core expertise is in cross-border data protection and privacy laws and regulations, with particular emphasis on the European legal framework, including the General Data Protection Regulation and e-Privacy Directive. Because she also has several years of expertise with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, she often advises on data protection and privacy laws as they relate to these emerging technologies. 

Elizabeth has practiced as a government attorney focused on cybersecurity, with two major international law firms focused on data protection, privacy, and emerging technologies, and with two cutting-edge identity startups. Elizabeth acts as a kind of “legal engineer” who helps translate legal requirements into technology design and mediate between technical and non-technical audiences. Having lived and worked in six countries on three continents, Elizabeth has a truly global perspective on questions of law and policy. She also participates in a number of academic and industry-wide initiatives and projects, including through the MIT Media Lab, Stanford CodeX project, EU Blockchain Observatory, German Bundesblock, and various Legal Hackers chapters.      

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the US and Europe (CIPP/US, CIPP/E). 

Website: hackylawyer.com 

Twitter: @hackylawyER 

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