23andMe's chief privacy officer departs: 3 notes

Kate Black has left her post as 23andMe's chief privacy officer to join international law firm Greenberg Traurig.

Three notes:

1. Ms. Black was direct-to-consumer DNA testing company 23andMe's first-ever global privacy officer.

"I can't speak more highly of the 23andMe team and my time there. I am proud of the work we did to build and oversee an industry-leading privacy program at the world's largest consumer genetic testing company," she said in a news release. "My experience was invaluable in understanding emerging technologies, growth, strategic development and legal compliance challenges in a fast-paced startup."

2. Ms. Black is considered an expert in data privacy and cybersecurity issues related to digital health, mobile medical applications and genetics. Before joining 23andMe, she worked at HHS' ONC, where she developed regulatory and policy guidelines for EHRs and other health IT.

3. At Greenberg Traurig, she will join the firm's cybersecurity, privacy and crisis management practice, as well as its intellectual property and technology practice.

Ian C. Ballon, co-chair of the global intellectual property and technology practice group at Greenberg Traurig, expressed excitement over Ms. Black's hire. "Her ability to provide counsel regarding the most cutting-edge and essential aspects of technology will be of great value to our clients," he explained.

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