IAPP Privacy Academy 2013
  • I learned something valuable at every session, the networking opportunities were fantastic, and the keynote speakers were really great too.
  • The entire structure of the program is outstanding. Good speakers, great networking opportunities and good exhibits. One of the best conferences.
  • Very well organized, privacy-specific education, and great networking opportunities. Great educational resource as well.
  • Valuable information.
  • Maybe one of the best [experiences] I’ve had. Great to see some prior colleagues, and meet some new ones.
  • Great format and content.
  • I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers’ topics and professional backgrounds.
  • Hard choice to make for breakout sessions.
  • Overall experience was great!
  • The breakout sessions I attended were informative and interesting.
  • Fantastic gathering of privacy professionals.
  • Great topic range, knowledgeable and skilled professionals, great networking.
  • Solid conference. Great content and networking.

Karen Zacharia, CIPP/US

Chief Privacy Officer

Karen Zacharia is Chief Privacy Officer at Verizon.   Karen is responsible for heading the Privacy Office, which oversees Verizon’s Privacy programs enterprise-wide and Verizon’s policy initiatives in the privacy area.

Karen joined one of Verizon’s predecessor companies in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department since that time.  From August 2000 through May 2011 Karen was Vice President and Associate General Counsel – Federal Regulatory and prior to August 2000 Karen was in the state regulatory group.

Prior to joining Verizon, Karen was an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington DC, focusing on litigation.  Karen clerked for Judge William A. Norris, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles, California prior to joining Williams & Connolly.   

Karen received her law degree from Stanford Law School and her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.