Austin assists ZwillGen attorneys and clients on a variety of Internet and technology law issues including FTC matters, civil litigation, responding to surveillance requests under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), and compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Austin served as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee, working with the staff of Senator Feinstein on a number of legislative initiatives including ECPA reform and the reauthorization of FISA Section 702. Before that, Austin spent a summer working at the FTC, where he assisted attorneys in the Bureau of Consumer Protection on privacy and data security enforcement actions and investigations. Austin also interned at the Network Advertising Initiative, where he worked on issues related to cross device tracking and other emerging advertising technologies.
As a student at the George Washington University Law School, Austin served as a research assistant to Professor Daniel Solove, and was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Federal Communications Law Journal. In 2016, his team won first place in New York University’s Cybersecurity Awareness Week Policy Competition for their proposal addressing the negative economic externalities arising from consumer data breaches.
CFPB Issues Consumer Protection Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation
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