Building on her distinguished public service career spanning more than three decades at the state and federal level, Julie Brill now leads Microsoft’s international work to elevate privacy as a fundamental human right.
Leading the team at the forefront of many of the regulatory issues that underpin the digital transformation, Ms Brill serves as a global authority concerning policy and legal issues involving privacy; internet governance; telecommunications; accessibility; and corporate standards. In 2018, she spearheaded Microsoft’s global adoption of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and now leads Microsoft’s advocacy for complementary privacy mandates around the globe. In addition, Ms Brill serves as an advisor on data protection to Microsoft’s commercial customers, to help them remain on the cutting edge of privacy improvements.
Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate, Ms Brill served for six years as a Commissioner of the US Federal Trade Commission. As Commissioner, Ms Brill worked actively on issues of critical importance to consumers, including privacy, fair advertising practices, fighting financial fraud, and maintaining competition in all industries, including health care and technology.
Prior to Microsoft, Ms Brill joined the global law firm Hogan Lovells as Partner and Co-Director of its privacy and cybersecurity practice. She assisted clients with navigating the complex regulatory environment governing privacy, data breaches, cybersecurity, advertising and competition issues around the globe. Under her leadership, Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity lawyers were named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers.
Earlier in her career, Ms Brill served as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice; and as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for more than 20 years. Ms Brill led the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group during her tenure at the North Carolina and Vermont Attorneys General offices.
Ms Brill is active in civil society, serving as co-chair of Business at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Committee for Digital Economic Policy; board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology; advisory board member of the AI Now Institute; and member of the National Academy of Sciences Intelligence Community Study Board.
Ms Brill has received numerous national awards and plaudits for her work, and, in 2013, Ms Brill was elected to the American Law Institute.
Ms Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.
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