Diversity Spotlight Series: Chetan Gupta, Senior Legal Counsel on Twitter
One of the core values of the American Bar Association is the commitment to diversity that the legal technology department seeks to strengthen. From tech founders and CEOs to small business owners, various lawyers in every field have made a huge impact on law and technology. In keeping with the spirit of progress, the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) is proud to present its Diversity Spotlight Series. Our goal is to celebrate, promote and encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ and people with disabilities in the field of legal tech.
Chetan Gupta, Senior Legal Counsel on Twitter
How would you describe your job and what do you love most about it?
I’m a senior counsel on Twitter’s privacy and privacy team. We have a responsibility to protect the privacy and safety of our consumers, which I am proud of. Our tasks include carrying out data protection reviews for new products, functions or services, e.g. B. the use of machine learning to analyze platform activity. This also includes global cooperation with data protection authorities.
What attracted you and how did you get into your current role?
Twitter is used for public conversation and it is a privilege to be part of a social network that informs and shapes a lot about what is going on in the world every day. That is what makes my role so attractive.
Prior to Twitter, I was an Associate at Baker McKenzie, which welcomed the fact that I was dual-skilled in California and India, and a firm that considers international experience and backgrounds a plus. Baker has offices all over the world and it was a great experience to see different jurisdictions handling the same privacy issues as I conducted privacy surveys or assessments on behalf of our customers. After a few years at Baker, I felt I wanted to delve deeper into the technological aspects of data protection, such as: B. Data Science and Ad Tech, which drew me to Twitter.
How has mentoring contributed to your personal and professional growth?
Mentoring was critical to my personal and professional growth. At Berkeley Law, I was fortunate to mentor Prof. Chris Hoofnagle, who is a leading authority on privacy law and technology and has shaped my career in the field. While at Berkeley Law, under the direction of Prof. Hoofnagle, I wrote an article on the adoption of privacy technologies that won the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award and was invited to present it to the US Senate. This led me to specialize in privacy at both Baker McKenzie and Twitter. My manager at Twitter, Damien Kieran (Twitter’s Chief Privacy Officer) is also an extremely kind mentor who is generous with his time and tries to maximize the options and opportunities available to me.
What has been the most valuable advice to you and the least useful?
Most Valuable: Try to develop skills that will be an integral part of the economy in the years to come.
Least Valuable: Spend x time in your job trying to make appearances before moving on, even if it doesn’t fit.
Is there anything you do in your personal life and in your community (outside of the office and work) that you believe will in some way contribute to your professional success?
I am blessed to have a loving and supportive wife (who is also a lawyer) and we also have a mischievous maltipoo named Coconut. You do better every day! I also try to pay my luck forward by connecting with someone and sharing my experience with anyone who seeks advice or recommendations.
How do you think employers, organizations and communities can increase diversity and support diverse professionals, especially in the legal technology world?
By actively signaling that diversity is valued and viewed as a plus. For example, Twitter has publicly announced its diversity goals and posted metrics showing how it goes against them. The mandatory increase in diversity in both recruiting bodies and candidates is also a must.