When Anna Zeiter, CIPP/E, CIPM, started her law career 12 years ago, she knew three things for certain.
â€œI never wanted to work in privacy, I never wanted to work in-house and I never wanted to work in Switzerland,â€� she said, adding, â€œYou have plans and life has other plans.â€�
Zeiter has a Ph.D. in free speech and, after graduating wanted a career in media law, started out on that path as an associate with DLA Piper in Hamburg, Germany. There was a privacy component to the role, which accounted for about 5% of her work. Then â€œprivacy really evolved in Europe and across the globe,â€� she said, and â€œsuddenly this 5% privacy portion of my job became bigger and bigger and bigger.â€� She transitioned to the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and within a few years, privacy was taking up 95% of her work.
Zeiter is now the associate general counsel and chief privacy officer at global e-commerce corporation eBay, she lives in