Trevor Mead, JD, CIPP/US, CIPM

Privacy Professional, Artist, Maker/Doer, All Around Good Guy

Trevor Mead


The most interesting lawyer you will ever meet.

Trevor Mead is a privacy professional and legal consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to law school, he served as a business consultant, web designer, and project manager for companies including Intuit and Comcast. While studying at Santa Clara, Trevor spent two years with TRUSTe, writing privacy policies, performing data flow analysis and investigations, and helping clients from tech startups to multinational corporations certify as APEC, EU-Safe Harbor, and COPPA-compliant. Today, Trevor serves as a privacy law consultant with outside consulting firm BlurryEdge Strategies, and was recently elected president of the San Francisco Bay Internet Law and Policy Foundry chapter.

In his spare time, Trevor uses Arduino and Raspberry Pi to build Internet of Things projects, folds 20-foot tall giant origami sculptures, and hangs out in his garage designing and building geodesic dome structures.



Santa Clara University School of Law

Juris Doctorate, May 2016
Privacy Law Certificate, with honors
Academic Success Program, fellowship
Student Intellectual Property Law Association, board member
High Tech Excellence Award, recipient
Emery Merit Scholarship, recipient
CIPP/US Certification, 2015
CIPM Certification, 2017

Colorado State University

Philosophy, 2005




Press & Publications

It’s Time To Move Away From the “Privacy vs. Security” Paradigm

International Association of Privacy Professionals
Trevor Mead, December 17, 2015

"Framing the privacy discussion as 'privacy vs. security' has stacked the cards against consumers, creating insurmountable obstacles and stifling broader adoption of meaningful privacy practices. Shifting towards a 'privacy-as-identity-management' mentality sets the stage for higher consumer engagement and better tools for privacy management."

The State of Copyright In Origami

Publication Pending
Trevor Mead

This paper explores modern US copyright law as applied to origami, and reveals protection of a single origami "work" requires multiple registrations, in violation of the Copyright Office's "one registration per work" policy. It calls on the Copyright Office to clarify their registration requirements for works spanning the graphic work/aesthetic sculpture divide, to resolve current questions in origami and preempt similar issues threatening the 3D printing industry and Maker Movement.

Apple’s Fight with the FBI: Santa Clara Law Students Weigh In

Matthew Hall, February 26, 2016

"This case seems to be giving the conflicting message that privacy should be broken by design in the interest of national security," Mead said. "It’s fine if the FBI wants to assert their authority, but it severely hampers the ability of the US to participate in international trade."

SCU Law Student Showcases Origami With On-Campus Exhibit

The Advocate
Flora Kontilis, October 15, 2015

According to Mead, "Origami is a very complimentary hobby to law, because it's nothing but an exercise in precision, concision, and perseverance. If that doesn't describe what we're doing in law school, then I don't know what does."



Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
— Edward Snowden


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