Omer Tene

Omer Tene

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Omer Tene
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Omer Tene is a partner in the firm’s Technology group and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice.

He is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He was appointed to the Arbitration Panel under the US-EU Privacy Shield Agreement and was the Rapporteur for the 30-year review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.


Omer is globally renowned as a premier legal practitioner and thought leader on privacy, cybersecurity, AI and law, and technology. For the past two decades, he’s advised governments, policymakers, regulators, international organizations and businesses on strategy, governance and compliance issues in privacy, cyber security and law, and technology.

His recent representative experience includes advising:

Strategic Counseling

  • Advise online retailer about global privacy strategy and compliance with ad tech rules, regulations and self regulatory schemes
  • Advise venture capital firm in investments in crypto and blockchain businesses
  • Advise cannabis industry leader in compliance with HIPAA and general privacy laws
  • Advise app developer on integrating privacy by design while selling technology to police departments
  • Advice tax preparation software developer on cross global privacy compliance
  • Advise multiple companies on preparation for and compliance with China's new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)
  • Advise an enterprise security provider on the development and implementation of a global privacy and data protection compliance program in the US, EU, Latin America and Asia Pacific
  • Advise a data governance service provider in the preparation, submission and approval of Binding Corporate Rules (BCR-P)
  • Advise a Fortune 100 company on the acquisition and integration of an EU based medical devices and healthcare provider
  • Advise a technology platform on setting forth policies, safeguards and requirements for providing researchers with access to data for scientific purposes
  • Advise a data intermediary on preparation for the provision of services in China and relationships with advertisers and publishers
  • Advise a software as a service provider on compliance with China’s privacy, security and telecoms regulations

Professional Activities

Prior to joining Goodwin, Omer was most recently the Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”), the principal professional organization for privacy lawyers and professionals worldwide. He was the IAPP’s leading subject matter expert and led the organization’s creation and distribution of content, including its research, publications, programming and external affairs.

Prior to his time at IAPP, Omer was globally recognized as a thought leader in the privacy and data protection space. He advised governments, regulators, international organizations, multinational companies and start ups on privacy legislation, regulation, strategy, governance, and compliance. He was an Associate Professor at the College of Management, School of Law in Israel, and also served as the Managing Director at Tene & Associates, where he provided legal advice to dozens of companies, ranging from Fortune 50 multinationals to technology start-ups, on privacy and data protection, including M&A transactions, launch of new products and services, cross border data transfers, research, and clinical trials.

Omer began his legal career as an M&A associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York followed by an associate position at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Paris.

Omer is a Senior Westin Fellow at the IAPP.

Professional Activities

Omer is a Senior Westin Fellow at the IAPP. 




INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France


New York University School of Law


New York University School of Law


Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law


Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law


Tel Aviv District Court, Eliyahu Winograd



  • New York
  • Israel

Recognition & Awards

Omer has been selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 U.S. 2022.


Omer is co-editor with Jules Polonetsky and Evan Selinger of Cambridge University Press book “Consumer Privacy”. He has authored articles on privacy and data protection appearing in law and technology reviews of Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, George Mason, University of North Carolina, Fordham, Ohio State and more. He is a regular contributor to legal and trade publications, and has been quoted in media stories by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Politico, and dozens of other media outlets.

Since joining Goodwin, Omer has been a sought after speaker on a variety of issues related to Data, Privacy, and Cybersecurity. Recent engagements include:

  • Author, “Crystal ball Privacy in 2023: US States, Kids and AI,” International Association of Privacy Professionals, January 5. 2023
  • Panelist, “Change is the Only Constant: Developments in State Privacy Laws in 2023,” Boston Bar Association 2022 Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference (December 2022)
  • Author, “Data Transfer Theater: The U.S. and Israel Take the Stage,” International Association of Privacy Professionals October 4, 2022
  • Co-Author, “The Sephora Case: Do Not Sell – But Are You Selling?”, International Association of Privacy Professionals, August 29, 2022
  • Speaker, Playing on a Global Stage: Understanding Cyber Trends and Making the Big Deals, Speaker, Cyber Week Tel Aviv, June 29, 2022
  • Speaker, Privacy Enhancing Technologies: Challenges, Opportunities and the Path Forward, Moderator, Cyber Week Tel Aviv, June 29, 2022
  • Speaker, Data Protection: Predicting and Managing the Path Forward – Award Ceremony and Discussion: Amit Ashkenazi – A Career in Public Service at the Intersection of Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Moderator, Cyber Week Tel Aviv, June 28, 2022
  • Speaker, The AI Act: Where Are We and Where Are We Going, CPDP2022, May 23, 2022
  • Speaker, Corporate Compliance With A Cross Continental Framework: The State Of Global Privacy In 2022, CPDP2022, May 23, 2022 
  • Quoted, 'Right To Be Forgotten': Israel Firm Promises To Purge Digital Footprint, Barron’s, April 30, 2022 
  • Author, "LinkedIn v. HiQ and the trans-Atlantic privacy divide," Privacy Bar Section, April 22, 2022 
  • Speaker, Privacy Metrics: Best Practices to Drive Improvements in Performance and Trust, IAPP Summit, April 12, 2022
  • Quoted, “The West’s Plan to Keep Global Data Flows Alive,” Politico, March 31, 2022
  • Author, “#WhatJustHappened? A Privacy Harm,” Privacy Perspectives, March 29, 2022
  • Co-Author, “Measuring Privacy Programs: The Role of Metrics,” The Privacy Advisor, March 24, 2022 

  • Speaker, Privacy Metrics, FPF Landscape Call, February 15, 2022
  • Speaker, Data Privacy Day 2022: Framing the Privacy Landscape in the Year Ahead, IAPP Webinar, January 28, 2022
  • Speaker, Privacy 2022: The Year Ahead, Teach Privacy Webinar, January 20, 2022
  • Speaker, Making sense of China’s data protection framework for the financial sector, FPF Banking Leaders Meeting, December 16, 2021
  • Speaker, Where We Are and Where We’re Headed with Data Protection Laws, BBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference, December 9, 2021
  • Speaker, The Privacy Landscape in 2022, TrustArc 2022 Privacy Forecast Webinar, December 8, 2021
  • Speaker, Privacy Predictions for 2022, Spokes 2021 Privacy and Technology conference, December 8, 2021 
  • Speaker, China's Privacy Law: Implications for Europe and the Global Landscape, IAPP Data Protection Congress, November 17, 2021
  • Speaker, The New Enforcement Battleground: Lawful Grounds for Processing, IAPP Data Protection Congress, November 17, 2021
  • Speaker, Securing critical infrastructure: A conversation with Director General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, Opening remarks, (Goodwin NY hosted event), October 21, 2021
  • Speaker, The Israel Economic Mission to North America, “Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Roundtable Discussion,” October 21, 2021
  • Speaker, AIPLA, “Recent Developments in Israeli Privacy Law” Webinar, October 19, 2021
  • Speaker, Smart cities and mobility hubs, Global Privacy Assembly, October 19, 2021
  • Speaker, Can GDPR's ‘Automated Decision Opt-Out’ Be Improved Without Harming Users?, Center for Data Innovation, UK DCMS Consultation, October 15, 2021