Lydia de la Torre, J.D.

Lydia de la Torre

Position Title
Adjunct Associate Faculty

  • School of Law

Prof. de la Torre is a dual-qualified attorney (US/EU) and teaches privacy, data protection, and A.I. courses at UC Davis Law and U.C. Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). 

Prof. de la Torre is the founding partner of the teaching law firm Golden Data Law (GDL). GDL serves clients in the not-for-profit sector, and its mission is to mentor a diverse and inclusive group of law students and recent grads so that they can grow into solid ethical professionals. Prior to her appointment, Prof. de la Torre served as an of-counsel to Squire Patton Boggs and had in-house counsel roles at several multinational organizations. 

Prof. de la Torre was appointed to the CPPA Board by the California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins in March 2021 and served on the Advisory Board of Californians for Consumer Privacy (CPPA) during the Prop 24 ballot campaign. The CPPA is a California state government agency created by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA) as the first dedicated privacy regulator in the United States.

Prof. de la Torre is an international expert in data protection issues and the European Union's approach to regulating data and A.I. in particular. Her background brings unique experience-based knowledge to the CPPA Board.

Prof. started her career working for the local law firm Garrigues as a corporate and tax attorney. After obtaining her L.L.M. at Santa Clara University School of Law in I.P., she gained valuable experience working in the privacy law departments at several pre-IPO and multinational tech organizations and as counsel at Squire Patton Boggs

Prof. de la Torre is a prolific writer and has been published in a variety of outlets, from mainstream media to privacy and legal publications. She is the co-editor of Golden Data, a Medium publication focused on data laws. 

She is also frequently invited to speak on privacy-related topics, such as privacy in healthcare, data ethics issues in research, and specific privacy laws, such as the CCPA.