Carolina A. Alonso

Associate

New York
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Overview

Carolina Alonso’s practice is focused on privacy and data protection. She has experience with children’s and student data, as well as biometric and genetic data. Innovative and forward-thinking, Carolina encourages companies to self-regulate and guides them in using best practices when creating privacy policies. Her experience includes positions related to policy-making, the government, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. She uses these perspectives to address issues from all sides and tailor the appropriate outcome for clients.

Carolina also has general experience in intellectual property issues, having advised companies and individuals on copyright infringement and fair use.

Before joining BakerHostetler, Carolina worked in law and policy at a number of technology-centric organizations, including the Future of Privacy Forum, Public Knowledge, Yahoo and Facebook.

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Privacy and Data Security
  • Drafts privacy policies, website terms of use and data service agreements for large and small companies in various industries. Clients have included a leading retailer, a transportation service, a catering service and a social media application.

Media and Telecommunications
  • Represented a nonprofit organization focused on the rights of a group of disabled people in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings pertaining to media accessibility.

Advertising
  • For a large media company, provided insight into advertising regulations surrounding social media influencers.

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Experience

Privacy and Data Security
  • Drafts privacy policies, website terms of use and data service agreements for large and small companies in various industries. Clients have included a leading retailer, a transportation service, a catering service and a social media application.

  • Aided in drafting privacy policies for large and small educational technology companies in different corporate life stages for compliance with the Student Privacy Pledge, a self-regulatory student privacy system.

  • Counseled various types of companies from different industries -- among them: the education, toy, video game, and social and mass media industries -- on privacy practices related to privacy regulations respective to each industry, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); the Gramm-Leach- Bliley Act (GLBA); the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Worked on legal compliance and related risk issues relevant to a large financial institution outsourcing services to cloud service providers.

Media and Telecommunications
  • Represented a nonprofit organization focused on the rights of a group of disabled people in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings pertaining to media accessibility.

  • Co-authored filings with the United States International Trade Commission pertaining to the importation of mobile phone devices.

Advertising
  • For a large media company, provided insight into advertising regulations surrounding social media influencers.

  • Provided insight on false and misleading advertising in app stores to a non-profit focused on children’s advertising.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • IAPP Information Privacy Professional

Community

  • Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society
  • Lynbrook High School Mock Trial Team: Assistant Coach (2012 to 2015)
  • Commissioned Painter
  • Freeland Comic Artist, having published legal related comics in the Georgetown Law Weekly and an original story, The T.S. Skyline (no longer available online)

Pro Bono

  • Drafted portions of an amicus brief, in conjunction with LatinoJustice, with a focus on enjoining the government from using personal information collected from DACA applicants and recipients for immigration purposes, such as deportation, contradictory to its privacy policies.

  • Represented a medical educational device startup regarding its sales agreements with educational institutions. Advised the client not to sign a template contract from a school and wrote a new contract from scratch, including intellectual property provisions that were more favorable to the client.

  • Counseled a popular virtual marathon startup in copyright law and online terms of service.

  • Worked with a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on felon and juvenile cases by drafting opinions and doing legal research.

  • Worked with a non-profit law firm representing music artists and recording companies on copyright, tax and trademark issues at an international level.

Prior Positions

  • The Future of Privacy Forum: Privacy Fellow (2016 to 2017)
  • Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation: Communications & Technology Law Clinic: Student Attorney (2016)
  • Public Knowledge: Legal Intern (2015)
  • Yahoo: Public Policy Intern (2015)
  • Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (2015)
  • Facebook: Global Policy Extern (2014)
  • Claro y Cia.: International Intellectual Property Legal Intern (2014)

Admissions

  • California
  • [Not admitted in New York]

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2016; Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance Law Division: Media Law Committee (2013 to 2014)
  • B.S., Political Science, University of California, Davis, 2012; UC Davis Mock Trial Team: Founding Member, Captain, Attorney, Witness (2009 to 2012); All-Region Outstanding Witness Award (2010)

Languages

  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
Connecting the Dots Between Security Practices and Legal Obligations: California's Connected Devices Bill
By Carolina A. Alonso, Alan L. Friel
April 4, 2018
Turning on the lights, hearing the weather forecast, learning fun facts, and playing your favorite song in the kitchen are simple when one can give short voice commands to a personal assistant device that is connected to the internet and...
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