Ezra Steinhardt

Ezra Steinhardt


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Covington & Burling LLP
265 Strand
London WC2R 1BH
Tel: +44 20 7067 2381



  • College of Law, London, L.P.C., 2010
    • Distinction
  • College of Law, London, G.D.L., 2009
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 2008
    • International Relations
    • First Class
  • London School of Economics, B.Sc., 2007
    • Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
    • First Class

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Ezra Steinhardt advises on European privacy, technology, and trade laws and policy.

Mr. Steinhardt provides clients, including major technology and life sciences companies, NGOs and trade consortia, with compliance advice, and strategic representation in internal and regulatory investigations and public affairs outreach.

Mr. Steinhardt has experience advising on a diverse range of digital technology and health issues, including, among others, wearables, cloud computing, online advertising, mobile health, cybersecurity, web content filtering, telecommunications, the Internet of Things, pseudonymization, doping in sports, and law enforcement access to data.

Mr. Steinhardt also advises on trade related issues including EU economic sanctions, export controls, and other international trade and treaty matters.

Representative Matters

  • Working with clients to respond to investigations by national privacy and trade regulators.
  • Advising on updates to privacy policies and terms of use, cookie requirements, privacy settings, app features, cloud computing services, data breaches, and cross-border data transfers.
  • Advising pharmaceutical companies on the treatment of clinical health data, new e-health services and devices, and the implementation of binding corporate rules.
  • Advising on law reforms, including in relation to the proposed European General Data Protection Regulation, aspects of the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Consumer Rights and Data Retention Directives, the UK Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and other technology standards, IP and public procurement initiatives.
  • Providing guidance on European trade sanctions and asset freezing measures, including those relating to Iran, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, North Korea, and Belarus.

Previous Experience

  • Internship as a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, at the Office of the Secretary of Defence Public Affairs (OSDPA) in 2009.
  • Other internships at urban policy think tank in San Francisco and at a leading Seattle labour law firm.

Pro Bono

  • Advising Evidence for Development, a charity dedicated to improving the effectiveness of development aid through economic analysis.
  • Advising Privacy International, a leading privacy NGO, on a range of law reform privacy-related matters.
  • Advising Internews, an NGO that empowers local media worldwide, on the implementation of freedom of information and online media content laws.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Publications and Speeches

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