The Privacy Engineering Mindset: From Design to Launch

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00 am9:22 am

Sha Sundaram, Snap


The privacy engineering mindset is a set of methodologies, tools and patterns you can employ to create products that protect users and their data. Having done this at scale at companies like Google and Snap, I am eager to share my learnings and practices with you.

In this talk, we will delve into the nuances of privacy, security, risk and impact to user and identify a blueprint for an effective privacy program you can setup at your company. We will discuss instituting the right collaborative practices and incentives to work with partners in engineering, privacy & security, product, and legal teams to develop products that respect user privacy rights. Finally, we'll elaborate on the role a privacy engineer can play in shaping product from design to launch.

Sha Sundaram, Snap

Sha Sundaram is a seasoned privacy and security engineer. She has brought her 10 years of experience in privacy engineering at Google and Symantec Research Labs to lead Snap’s Privacy Engineering team. She has been instrumental in building Snapchat app features with privacy in mind. She has been responsible for building infrastructure and supporting GDPR compliance for Snap engineering. Back from maternity leave, she is excited to put together new privacy projects.

Sha holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University. Her first major influence was John Mitchell at Stanford University where she worked on the TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology) team as well as early efforts of privacy for theoretical computer science.

@inproceedings {238168,
author = {Sha Sundaram},
title = {The Privacy Engineering Mindset: From Design to Launch},
booktitle = {2019 {USENIX} Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect ({PEPR} 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug