Board members appointed to the California Privacy Protection Agency

As reported by Bloomberg Law, on March 17, 2021, the five directors of the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) were announced. The CPPA was established by the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”), which was approved by California voters in the November 2020 election.

The new board members come from a variety of backgrounds including academia, private practice, and nonprofits. Chairwoman Jennifer M. Urban is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley and director of the Clinic for Law, Technology, and Public Order. Other board members are:

  • Vinhcent Le, an attorney at the Greenlining Institute who focuses on consumer privacy, preventing algorithmic biases in economic opportunity, and closing the digital divide;
  • Angela Sierra, who recently worked in the California Attorney General’s office;
  • John Christopher Thompson, LA 2028 senior vice president of government relations (LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic planning committee); and
  • Lydia de la Torre, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University.

The new agency will have rule-setting powers and will be responsible for enforcing and implementing the CPRA and imposing fines.

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