As Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Vice President of Global Privacy, Safety, and Regulatory Affairs, Julie Brill leads the company’s work in the tech policy, regulatory, and legal issues that underpin the world’s digital transformation. She is the central figure in Microsoft’s advocacy for responsible data use and policy around the globe.
Building on her distinguished public service career spanning more than three decades at the federal and state level, Brill directs Microsoft’s teams that lead privacy, digital safety, regulatory governance, law enforcement and national security, telecom, standards, and accessibility regulation. In her role, Brill also spearheads the company’s advocacy for responsible approaches to privacy, safety, and data protection around the world.
Prior to her role at Microsoft, Brill was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. She served for six years as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), from 2010 to 2016. As Commissioner, she worked tirelessly on issues of critical importance to consumers, including privacy, fair advertising practices, fighting financial fraud, and maintaining competition in all industries, with a special focus on healthcare and technology. Brill has also served as a partner and co-chair of privacy and security at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, and Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont. Brill also was a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University.
Brill has been elected to the American Law Institute and received numerous awards for her work. She was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues,” a Top Data Privacy Influencer in 2020, and winner of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Leadership Award in 2014, among other honors.
In addition to her role at Microsoft, Brill is active in civil society, serving as a board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a board member of the IAPP AI Governance Center Advisory Board, a board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Governor for The Ditchley Foundation.
Brill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.