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Allison Hoff Cohen maintains a strategic Privacy, Security and Data Optimization practice, and is part of the Advanced Media and Technology Practice. Allison specializes in data privacy and legal issues related to emerging automotive technology of connected and self-driving vehicles; ride and car sharing programs.

Formerly Managing Counsel at Toyota, she provided data privacy and data governance advice and counsel for business units across Toyota companies, including Toyota Motor North America, Toyota Connected (a data analytics company), Toyota De Puerto Rico, Toyota De Mexico and Toyota of Canada. Her experience and expertise also includes privacy matters involving customer information protection and marketing, social media campaigns, automotive dealer data sharing, and data provisions in transactional agreements.

Allison has served as Toyota’s data privacy subject matter expert and key participant in industry-wide, governmental affairs initiatives that involved meetings and communications with the Federal Trade Commission, the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Senator Ed Markey. She was actively engaged in the auto industry’s trade organizations, as she worked with a network of lawyers and government officials to develop the auto industry’s self-regulating privacy principles for connected vehicle technologies and services. Allison initiated and led Toyota’s implementation of new processes; policies and creation of an innovative web portal for consumers that explains connected vehicle data privacy to meet and exceed the standards of the privacy principles. These efforts have since been lauded by government agencies as a model.

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  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • Michigan State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Member, Future of Privacy Forum