Mike Hintze is a partner at Hintze Law PLLC and a recognized leader in privacy and data protection law, policy, and strategy. He advises a wide range of companies, industry associations, and other organizations – from startups to largest global technology companies. With more than 20 years of experience in privacy and data protection, Mike emphasizes pragmatic and actionable advice that enables his clients to meet their objectives while complying with the law and managing risk.
Mike also teaches privacy law at the University of Washington School of Law, is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s project on Information Privacy Principles, and has served on multiple advisory boards for the International Association of Privacy Professionals and other organizations. Mike has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and European regulators; and he is a sought-after speaker and regular writer on data protection issues.
Mike was previously Chief Privacy Counsel at Microsoft, where, for over 18 years, he counselled on data protection compliance globally, and helped lead the company’s strategic initiatives on privacy differentiation and public policy. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was an associate with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which he joined following a judicial clerkship with the Washington State Supreme Court. Mike is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Columbia University School of Law.
Affiliations & Memberships
University of Washington School of Law, Affiliate Instructor of Law, 2014-present
Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Senior Fellow, 2018-present
American Law Institute (ALI)
- Adviser, Information Privacy Principles, 2013-present
- Elected Member, 2014-present
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
- Member, 2004-present
- Education Advisory Board, 2013-2016
- Research Advisory Board, 2016-2018
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) Advisory Board, 2011-2016
Privacy Law Salon, Privacy Roundtable Advisory Board, 2011-2013
Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) Business Advisory Board, 2002-2007
Columbia University School of Law JD, 1994
University of Washington BA, 1991
District of Columbia (currently inactive)
Certified Information Privacy Professional – United States (CIPP-US), 2005-present
Certified Information Privacy Professional – U.S. Government (CIPP-G), 2010-present
Certified Information Privacy Professional – Canada (CIPP-C), 2010-present
Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP-E), 2014-present
Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), 2011-present
Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), 2014-present
Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), 2016-present
United States Patent No. 7,937,383 “Generating Anonymous Log Entries,” granted May 3, 2011.
*The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification and certification is not a requirement to practice law in the State of Washington.