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An Update on the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties

In October 2012, Palantir announced the formation of our Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCAP). In January 2014, we announced the expansion of the PCAP to include a group of international advisors to further assist us in addressing the privacy, civil liberties, and data protection challenges as Palantir continues to develop opportunities in international markets. The group has been a key element in carrying out Palantir’s ongoing commitment to protecting privacy and civil liberties in all of our private sector, charitable, and government work. Both groups meet regularly throughout the year and provide our Privacy and Civil Liberties Team with critical insights and guidance to enable to us to responsibly address the complexities and challenges in the development and deployment of our analytical and data integration platforms.

The participation in the PCAP has evolved somewhat over the years and the current groups consist of the following distinguished advisors.

European PCAP Members:

  • Alex Deane - Managing Director at FTI consulting. Alex was a founder of Big Brother Watch, a prominent U.K. privacy and civil liberties advocacy organization. Alex previously served as Chief of Staff to David Cameron and Tim Collins during their respective terms as Shadow Secretaries of State for Education.
  • Sylvain Métille - Partner at the Lausanne-based law firm HDC where he specializes in data protection and surveillance issues. Sylvain also is a university lecturer specializing in these issues.
  • Nico van Eijk - Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and the Director of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam. Nico is an expert in legal and technical topics related to privacy and civil liberties.
  • Julie Brill - Partner and co-director Global Privacy and Cybersecurity at Hogan Lovells. Until recently, Julie served as an FTC Commissioner where she was instrumental in negotiating the terms of the transatlantic Privacy Shield framework, as well as in overseeing FTC’s numerous privacy-related investigations. Julie advises on both US and European privacy and civil liberties issues.

US PCAP Members:

  • Susan Freiwald - A law professor at the University of San Francisco who frequently participates in electronic surveillance litigation efforts.
  • Robert Gellman - A privacy and information consultant who worked for nearly two decades on privacy issues in the U.S. Congress.
  • Chris Hoofnagle - Chris holds dual appointments as adjunct professor in the University of California Berkeley School of Law and the School of Information (where he is resident).
  • Stephanie Pell - A private consultant specializing in privacy and civil liberties issues who formerly served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant US Attorney and later as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.
  • Dan Solove - A law professor at George Washington University, author, and founder of TeachPrivacy, a company that designs privacy and security training programs.
  • Daniel Weitzner - Co-founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, and current Director of the CSAIL Decentralized Information Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Nancy Libin - Partner at Jenner & Block, former Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, and former Counsel to then-Senator Joseph Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee and at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Bryan Cunningham, Partner at Cunningham Levy Muse LLP; privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity lawyer; and a long-time senior advisor to Palantir, serves as the overarching Executive Director of the PCAP.