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Elana R. Safner

Associate

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+1.202.434.7346

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Elana advises clients on public policy, regulatory issues, and disputes affecting the TechComm sector, as well as privacy and cybersecurity matters. She also has experience with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) procedures and rulemakings.

She has a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) (US Specialization) certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Prior to joining Mintz, Elana worked as an associate in the DC office of an international law firm, where she advocated on behalf of her clients spanning a wide variety of industries and issues, including telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity, and autonomous vehicles. Elana has also presented and published on the topic of legal issues facing artificial intelligence.

While in law school, Elana served as a fellow and intern with the Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau and worked as a student attorney in the Community Enterprise Clinic. She was also chief executive editor of the Duke Law & Technology Review and articles editor for the school’s Law & Contemporary Problems journal. Elana won the North Carolina statewide Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Competition as well as the Duke Law Twiggs Beskind Cup.

Before law school, Elana served as an intern with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, where she researched and developed positions on establishment clause issues for amicus briefs and publications. She was also an intern for US Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado.

Education

  • Duke University (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Miami (BS, magna cum laude)

Experience

  • Conducted syndicated exclusivity and non-duplication programming reviews for cable companies.
  • Drafted successful brief for intervenor, Charter Communications, Inc. in channel positioning dispute against the FCC in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

FCC Regulation

  • Counsel cable operators and utilities on TCPA regulation and reform to ensure marketing and informational campaigns are compliant with FCC requirements.
  • Advise and advocate for numerous clients on the use and allocation of spectrum related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and commercial mobile service.

Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Fellow, Internet Law and Policy Foundry
  • Pro Bono General Counsel, The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
  • Member, Junior League of Washington
  • Board Member, Univeristy of Miami Alumni Association for Washington, DC (DC Canes) (2018 - 2019)
  • Intern Engagement Committee Member, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Languages

- Russian

Recent Insights

News & Press

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Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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Our first TCPA Digest of 2020 provides insight into the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the potentially game-changing Barr TCPA case and a list of deadlines related to the recently enacted TRACED Act.
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Read about TCPA-related orders from the FCC authorizing a company to use its d/b/a name in voice messages and clarifying that an online fax service falls is not a “telephone facsimile machine."
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Mintz’s December TCPA Digest covers consensus robocall legislation passed by the House of Representatives, recent TCPA-related orders from the FCC, and court decisions allowing fraud claims to proceed against serial TCPA plaintiffs.
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Read about the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, consensus robocall legislation that passed in the House of Representative by a vote of 417-3.
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We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month, in addition to covering the FCC’s continuing work to review comments submitted on past petitions and discussions with stakeholders regarding ongoing TCPA proceedings, we report on a new Petition for Declaratory Ruling, filed by Capital One, which asks if the company may use a confirmation text to clarify the scope of a recipient’s opt-out request. The FCC’s response to this question will interest many businesses that use text messages to reach out to their customers.
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Mintz’s November TCPA Digest covers Capital One’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling as well as the influence of the Ninth Circuit’s Marks ruling on recent TCPA decisions.
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The California Attorney General’s CCPA draft regulations impose additional requirements for collection of data from children under 13 on top of those imposed by the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and also create additional requirements for minors between the ages of 13 and 16. Businesses will need to have reasonable processes in place to ensure that the person providing consent for the sale of a child’s data on his or her behalf is actually their parent or legal guardian. Minors must also be able to opt in, and later, opt out, of the sale of their PI. Businesses should include these practices in their privacy policies.   
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose, Of Counsel Laura Stefani, and Associates Jonathan Markman and Elana Safner co-authored this guest post published by Dronelife that addressed how the California Consumer Privacy Act might affect drone operators in the state. The article also provided action items for surveillance and drone companies as they prepare for CCPA implementation.