Jennifer Granick

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Jennifer Granick
Jennifer Granick in 2008
Personal details
Jennifer Stisa Granick

1969 (age 54–55)
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
OccupationAttorney, educator

Jennifer Stisa Granick (born 1969) is an American attorney and educator. Senator Ron Wyden has called Granick an "NBA all-star of surveillance law."[1] She is well known for her work with intellectual property law, free speech, privacy law, and other things relating to computer security, and has represented several high-profile hackers.

Early life and education[edit]

Granick was born and raised in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.[2] Both of her parents were local educators.[citation needed] She attended Glen Ridge High School[citation needed] and then New College in Sarasota, Florida, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990.[3] After that, she moved to San Francisco to attend Hastings Law School, from which she graduated in 1993.[4]


Granick began her career in criminal defense, first at the state public defender's office, then as a trial attorney at the law firm Campbell & DeMetrick. From 1996 to 2001 she worked in private practice specializing in defending cases involving computer crime.

in 2001, Granick became the Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, where she was a lecturer in law and taught classes on cyber law.[5] She founded and directed the Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic where she supervised students in working on some of the most important cyberlaw cases that took place during her tenure. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field.

Granick has been a speaker at conferences such as Def Con and ShmooCon, and has also spoken at the National Security Agency as well as to other law enforcement officials. She delivered the keynote "Lifecycle of a Revolution" at the 2015 Black Hat USA conference.[6]

She was one of the primary crafters of a 2006 exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which allows mobile telephone owners to legally circumvent the firmware locking their device to a single carrier.[7]

Granick was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation from 2007 to 2010. She was then an attorney at Washington DC-based law firm Zwillinger Genetski from 2010 to 2012,[8] and General Counsel of Worldstar, LLC for a brief period in early 2012.[9]

In 2012, Granick returned to the Center for Internet and Society as its Civil Liberties Director, where she specialized in surveillance law.

Internet activist Aaron Swartz sought Granick's counsel after his arrest for downloading articles from JSTOR, for which he faced 35 years imprisonment. Granick both defended Swartz and challenged the scope of the law under which he was prosecuted.[10][11] Swartz committed suicide in January 2013, two months before his trial.

In 2016, Granick was honored with the Duo Security's Women in Security Academic Award.[12]

In 2017, Granick published her first book, American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It.[13]

The American Civil Liberties Union announced that Granick would be joining the organization as Surveillance and Cybersecurity Counsel in September 2017.[14]


Selected cases and clients[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tweet from Just Security, 2 March 2017
  2. ^ "Facebook fighting requests by N.J. police to 'eavesdrop' on crime suspects' accounts", NJ Advance Media for, April 24, 2023. Accessed February 21, 2023. "'I can say this, because I’m from New Jersey: We all know somebody who’s been under investigation,' said Granick, who earned her right to crack Jersey jokes during a childhood in Glen Ridge."
  3. ^ "Alumna Jennifer Granick talks cybersecurity". New College of Florida. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  4. ^ Bowman, Lisa M. "At a glance: A defender of cyber liberties". ZDNet. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  5. ^ Profile Archived 2007-01-05 at the Wayback Machine at Stanford University
  6. ^ Granick Keynote "Lifecycle of a Revolution," Black Hat USA Conference, August 2015
  7. ^ Granick, Jennifer (2006-12-06). "Cell Phones Freed! Poor Suffer?". Wired News. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  8. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik. "Jennifer Granick, Lawyer to Hackers, Joins Zwillinger Genetski",, 2 December 2010
  9. ^ Zwillinger, Marc. "Jennifer Granick Becomes General Counsel of Worldstar, LLC", 8 January 2012
  10. ^ "Towards Learning from Losing Aaron Swartz: Part 2". January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  11. ^ "With the CFAA, Law and Justice Are Not The Same: A Response to Orin Kerr". 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  12. ^ Duo Women in Security Awards
  13. ^ [1] American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It.
  14. ^ Tweet from Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, 1 June 2017
  15. ^ Olson, Parmy (28 March 2011). "HBGary Attorney Was Once The Lawyer Hackers Call". Forbes. Retrieved 19 August 2012.

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