Martin Abrams is Chief Policy Innovation Officer at The Information Accountability Foundation, a non-profit whose charitable purposes are research and education. Abrams has 40 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multi-stakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams in developing practical solutions to dilemmas in information policy. He has been a key player in developing such data protection key concepts as accountability, a two-phase approach to advanced analytics, and ethical assessments. Abrams’ activities are global with projects, dialogs, and seminars in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific regions. Abrams is currently exploring multi-dimensional proportionality as means to drive trusted innovation, the nature of risk in risk based regulatory structures, and how to incorporate to full range of human interests into data protection.
Abrams led the Global Accountability Project, which has refined the accountability principle that is part of various data protection laws and guidance documents. The IAF is the incorporation of that dialogue. All the IAF’s work is an extension of accountability concepts, including the creation of a data taxonomy that was used in setting the bright line rules by the EU policy makers. His work on accountability has impacted privacy laws in most regions.
Prior to his work at the foundation, Abrams was the co-founder and President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Andrews LLP, which he led for 13 years. He started his consumer policy work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and served as Vice President Information Policy at Experian.