Launched in April 2020, the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) is led by an experienced team of lawyers, technologists, and privacy experts with a shared goal of improving digital accountability through investigation, education, and collaboration. As a nonprofit watchdog, IDAC investigates misconduct in the digital ecosystem and works with developers and platforms to remediate privacy risks and restore consumer trust.
There is a clear need for an independent watchdog to help ensure a trustworthy ecosystem. Formerly incubated at the Future of Privacy Forum, IDAC is comprised of a tech-savvy, cross-functional, legal & technical team that approaches issues in a proactive and systematic manner.
There is little regulation and oversight that govern how actors in the digital ecosystem collect and share user personal information. Practices that undermine privacy controls set forth by users and platforms are rampant. The lack of clear rules, developer guidance and enforcement have led to an array of instances where users’ data has been exploited without their knowledge or ability to opt out.
As a result, the digital ecosystem would benefit from the following: (1) clear and harmonized rules; (2) developer education and awareness; and, (3) greater accountability of bad actors. IDAC, through its investigations, aims to work with key stakeholders to achieve these objectives.
Meet Our Team
We look forward to telling you more about the real people behind the great ideas as we grow.
Quentin is an experienced lawyer who has held a number of government and nonprofit leadership roles in technology and health care. During the Obama administration, Quentin served as senior advisor for jobs & competitiveness in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the first chief of the Healthcare Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Chief of Staff and Policy Counsel
Lena is a policy lawyer specializing in mobile app privacy practices. She has extensive data protection consulting experience. She previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Aleada Consulting, where she advised commercial and federal clients on compliance issues and privacy by design principles.
Nathan specializes in creating privacy investigative devices and services. He has over 20 years of experience in data privacy including founding Good Research, lecturing at UC Berkeley, being published on major news outlets such as the New York Times, CNN and ABC, and testifying on his research before the House, Senate and Federal Trade Commission.
Will leads the technical investigations and develops tools to ensure data protection, privacy, fairness, and model accountability. Will has a background in finance, and led teams that developed, reviewed and made use of financial models. He helps organizations build good products that incorporate by design: privacy, security, and user experience.
Graduate Policy Intern
Willie is a graduate policy intern focused on machine learning, healthcare, policy, and algorithmic justice. Willie works on projects related to mobile app privacy and health security.
Graduate Policy Intern
Gauri Gupta is a graduate policy intern focused on international technology policy and security studies. Gauri has worked on projects related to mobile app privacy, cyber risk management and election security.
Meet Our Board
Chair, Board of Directors
An internationally-recognized leader in privacy and data protection law, Jules is the CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum. Jules previously served as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City. He has extensive experience in government, as an elected New York State Legislator, congressional staffer, and attorney.
After serving as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer in President Obama’s Administration, as well as the Secretary of Technology in Virginia, Aneesh co-founded Care Journey and is an expert on health data and technology.
Cam is the former General Counsel and Acting Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. A global thought leader on privacy and cross-border information flows, Cam serves as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Karen is senior fellow and director of the German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation & Democracy Initiative. Karen served as policy director to Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate and was U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
A leading privacy scholar and policymaker, Danny currently serves as the Director of MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. He previous served as the White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy.