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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 communications 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

Languages

- Russian

Viewpoints

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Leaving its fingerprints all over the privacy debate, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a ruling that will significantly impact litigation under the state’s unique Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or “Act”), creating a potential boon for plaintiffs. In its January 25 opinion in Stacy Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the court unanimously sided with the plaintiff, ruling that actual harm is not a requirement to establish standing under BIPA.
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Although the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has been affected by the government shutdown, it released several TCPA items in late December before it suspended most operations due to the lapse in funding.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2019

January 16, 2019| Article

This TCPA Digest covers an FCC petition on how the TCPA defines telemarketing and dual purpose and an Eighth Circuit holding for an insurance carrier based on record-keeping.
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The FCC held its last open meeting of 2018 on December 12, approving two items related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as part of its busy year-end agenda.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – December 2018

December 17, 2018| Article

This TCPA Digest examines recently introduced Congressional bills focused on combatting robocalls and the FCC’s order to establish a single reassigned numbers database.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – November 2018

November 19, 2018| Article

This TCPA Digest covers the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic case and provides news from the FCC, including a notice to voice providers that action will be taken if the industry-led call authentication system doesn’t materialize soon.
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TCPA Regulatory Update – November 2018

November 19, 2018| Article

Deploy Call Authentication Technology by 2019 or Else, FCC Tells Voice Providers; FCC Eliminates 2006 Solicited Fax Rule; FCC Reviews Comments on IHS Markit Petition for Emergency Declaratory Ruling; FCC Continues to Review Comments, Meet with Stakeholders, and Analyze Implications of Marks v. Crunch
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Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it has finalized its expanded settlement with ride-haling giant, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) related to two major data breach incidents. The initial breach occurred in 2014 and led to an FTC investigation into Uber’s data storage practices for rider and driver data.
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Read about recent TCPA cases and FCC comment periods on automatic telephone dialing systems, call blocking technologies, and a proposed emergency use exemption to the TCPA.
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Comments are due in a number of important TCPA proceedings in October. In response to a major decision out of the Ninth Circuit last month, which further entrenched a circuit split regarding interpretations of the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on that definition. Additionally, the FCC is currently reviewing and evaluating comments on provider-initiated call blocking technologies and other technological solutions to the problem of unwanted and illegal robocalls. Finally, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on motor vehicle recalls and the emergency purposes exemption to the TCPA’s prior consent requirement. While no major orders addressing components of the TCPA have been released, it is clear that the FCC is teeing up possible revisions to its TCPA rules to reflect recent court decisions.