Federica De Santis is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation group and a member of its and Privacy + Cybersecurity practice. Ms. De Santis focuses her practice on counseling clients on all aspects of European and global data protection compliance, including with respect to international data transfers, compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), email marketing, cookies and other technologies, data breach issues, and collection, use, and sharing of customer, vendor, employee and consumer personal data. She also manages privacy impact assessments and projects involving big data, Internet of Things technologies, and e-health.

Ms. De Santis also has extensive experience on ISP liability, e-commerce and consumer law, and digital copyright issues.

Areas of Practice




Ms. De Santis’ recent work includes:

  • Provided advice to a multi-national company on its strategy for email marketing and cross-border data transfers, focusing on requirements in the EU;
  • Advised multi-nationals on data localization requirements;
  • Conducted privacy and security diligence on a wide range of transactions; drafted privacy and security diligence requests and memoranda;
  • Assisted several U.S. businesses with Privacy Shield and GDPR compliance;
  • Lead multi -jurisdictional project for a major fashion brand regarding compliance of CRM data processing activities across several jurisdictions (including in the European Union, Asia, U.S, Latin America);*
  • Advised a producer of medical supplies on internal investigation procedures to ensure compliance with privacy laws;*
  • Provided advice to major pharmaceutical companies on EU privacy compliance issues relating to the roll out of clinical trials, particularly with respect to DPA registrations, international data transfers, review of informed consent forms, issues concerning sharing of health data with clinical study centers and research institutes;*
  • Advised a major provider of web services on data privacy and communications law matters concerning legally binding orders from entities outside the EU to provide personal data of EU persons;*
  • Advised several multi-national companies on the implementation of whistle-blowing hotlines in the EU;*
  • Assisted a multi-national company with the implementation of Binding Corporate Rules for the international data transfers, in particular with obtaining authorization from the Italian data protection authority;*
  • Advised a major credit card company on privacy and regulatory issues relating to the launch of a new service, particularly with respect to data anonymization issues;*
  • Advised a U.S. company on copyright issues arising out of the operation of cloud based nPVR and catch-up TV;*
  • Advised a U.S. entertainment company on copyright and licensing issues relating to the launch and operation of a video on demand service in Italy.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Activities

Ms. De Santis is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has obtained Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Professional Experience

Ms. De Santis is admitted to practice in Italy. She is working under the supervision of the partners at Goodwin.

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Ph.D., Intellectual Property Law, 2015
University of Milan
Columbia Summer Program in American Law, 2012
University of Leiden
Graduated from the school of law, 2010
LUISS Guido Carli in Rome
(cum laude)



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