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Kate Black

Kate Black’s practice focuses on data privacy, information protection, and commercial transactions in consumer technology, digital health, life sciences, and genetics. Kate provides companies with comprehensive, practical strategies for meeting their regulatory obligations while building and maintaining public trust and advancing innovative and emerging models of health care research and delivery. She’s managed every aspect of global privacy programs, including supervising privacy assessments, providing product strategy and counseling, managing complex vendor and partner agreements, and overseeing security policy audits for leading health technology companies. She regularly advises on proposed regulatory and legislative changes that will impact the health technology environment and has been a featured speaker and frequent lecturer on data privacy and cybersecurity, data analytics, digital health, mobile medical applications, and privacy issues related to genetic and health research.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate served as 23andMe’s first Global Privacy Officer in Mountain View, CA and worked in the Office of Policy and Planning in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.


  • Compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, FTC Act, CMIA, COPPA, and CAN-SPAM
  • Implementation of new regulations including the EU GDPR and CCPA, from advising on reasonable security controls to responding to data access requests
  • Data use partnerships, vendor and service agreements, and clinical trial recruitment contracts
  • Federal and state agency investigations
  • Security breach response and notification
  • Data use and privacy risks in product and mobile app development



  • 23andMe, Inc., 2015-2018
    • Global Privacy Officer and Senior Counsel, 2018
    • Privacy Officer and Corporate Counsel, 2015-2018
  • Health Privacy Counsel, The Center for Democracy and Technology, 2011-2012
  • Federal Regulatory and Privacy Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 2012-2014
  • Privacy Steering Team Member, The California Office of Health Information Integrity, 2012
  • Intern, The White House, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor in Privacy & Technology Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2016-2018
  • CIPP/US, International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Law360, "Rising Stars," Cybersecurity & Privacy, 2020
  • Member, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), 2017-2018
  • Member, Women in Security and Privacy, Board of Directors, 2016-2017
    • Board of Directors, Program Development, 2016-2017


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2011
  • B.S., Health Science, cum laude, Florida International University, 2008
  • California
  • Florida