Allison Hoff Cohen is an experienced privacy attorney who maintains a strategic privacy, security and data optimization practice. She has experience drafting and negotiating data deals that protect privacy, developing privacy policies and programs, as well as providing counsel on public policy issues in relation to privacy law.
Most recently, Allison has worked with her clients in their efforts to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act and plan for the new U.S. state privacy laws that go into effect in 2023. Allison is adept at developing and negotiating Data Processing Addendums as well as providing advice and counsel on implementation strategies. Allison also attended and spoke at the California Attorney General’s public forums.
Allison has experience handling data privacy and legal issues for clients across a diverse range of industries, including emerging automotive technology of connected and self-driving vehicles; ridesharing; blockchain technology; mobile; adtech; entertainment; and casinos. Her experience also includes privacy matters involving customer information protection and marketing, social media campaigns, automotive dealer data sharing and data provisions in transactional agreements.
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.
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. Since joining Loeb & Loeb in 2018, Allison continues to provide data privacy advice to Toyota as outside counsel.
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
- Michigan State University, B.A.
- Recipient, Community Service Award, ACLU of Southern California (2021)
- Member, Future of Privacy Forum