Profiles in Privacy: Life had other plans for eBay’s CPO, and it brought her to privacy

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When Anna Zeiter, CIPP/E, CIPM, started her law career 12 years ago, she knew three things for certain.

“I never wanted to work in privacy, I never wanted to work in-house and I never wanted to work in Switzerland,� she said, adding, “You have plans and life has other plans.�

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 “privacy really evolved in Europe and across the globe,� she said, and “suddenly this 5% privacy portion of my job became bigger and bigger and bigger.� 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

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