Lindsey Tonsager

Lindsey L. Tonsager

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Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5356
Tel: +1 415 591 7061



  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2007
    • magna cum laude
    • University of Minnesota Law Review, Lead Note & Comment Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2004
    • magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Lindsey Tonsager helps national and multinational clients in a broad range of industries anticipate and effectively evaluate legal and reputational risks under federal and state data privacy and communications laws.

In addition to assisting clients engage strategically with the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Congress, and other federal and state regulators on a proactive basis, she has experience helping clients respond to informal investigations and enforcement actions, including by self-regulatory bodies such as the Digital Advertising Alliance and Children’s Advertising Review Unit.

Representative Matters

  • Advised numerous website operators and app developers on compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC’s COPPA Rule, including representation of website operators and app developers in responding to FTC inquiries under COPPA (with no formal complaints filed in response) and successful resolution of a children’s privacy inquiry by the Children’s Advertising Review Unit.
  • Assisted a leading ad tech company in responding to an inquiry under the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles on Online Behavioral Advertising; advised numerous clients on their compliance with the DAA Principles and related mobile guidance.
  • Advised a large online services company in launching a new personalized learning service for K-12 students in compliance with federal and state student privacy laws.
  • Counseled pharmaceutical companies, retailers, and online services in formulating email marketing campaigns that comply with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act and implementing regulations.
  • Counseled a major digital media company on the FTC’s guidance governing online reviews, endorsements, and native advertising.

Previous Experience

  • Office of Commissioner Adelstein, Federal Communications Commission, Law Clerk (Summer 2005)

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Communications "Rising Star" (2013-2015)

Pro Bono

  • Assisted a non-profit organization in executing its social media strategy, including the development of privacy disclosures, terms of use, and an app development agreement.
  • Assisted a non-profit organization to develop an intellectual property policy for its online service.
  • Provided copyright advice to a nonprofit organization concerning its extensive music portfolio.
  • Advised a leading international anti-corruption organization on newsgathering and prepublication review issues.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Executive Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association, Member

Publications and Speeches

  • "OTT and the Value of Data Privacy," Multichannel News (11/9/2015), Co-Author
  • "Regulatory Issues with Social Media - Beyond the FDA," FDAnews Social Media Regulatory Affairs Summit — Social Media: Getting to Yes — Satisfy Both ROI and the FDA (6/24/2015)
  • "Emerging Issues in Online and Mobile Privacy," IAPP Seattle KnowledgeNet (5/21/2015)
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