areas of expertise
Maria Nava is an associate in the Privacy & Data Security Group.
Maria counsels clients on a wide variety of privacy and data security issues, including compliance with the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and other privacy-related rules and regulations. She also handles transactional matters -- including drafting and reviewing client policies and technology agreements -- and assists with security incident investigations and notification.
Maria’s work often focuses on issues of Artificial Intelligence and biometrics, counseling clients on complex issues including the responsible use of generative AI, algorithmic bias and discrimination, New York’s Automated Employment Decision Tool law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and other AI and biometric laws.
Maria is active in the legal community, speaking and writing on issues regarding privacy and artificial intelligence. For her latest insights, please see her contributions to the firm’s Technology Law Updates blog. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the LA County Bar’s Privacy Section.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Maria was a commercial litigation associate at Venable LLP, where she gained experience in privacy matters involving substantive motion practice, discovery, legal research, and more. She also externed at the Future of Privacy Forum where she focused on artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
Maria attended UCLA for both undergraduate and law school. While at UCLA School of Law, she wrote an article on the possible privacy concerns posed by a digital evidence repository, which was published by the International Criminal Court Forum. She is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and admitted to practice in California.
UCLA School of Law
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
AI Use in Employment
The draw of artificial intelligence has led to a surge in the development and use of AI-driven tools. Now employers must ensure compliance with state and local privacy laws, and regulatory guidance affecting usage of these tools. Wendy Stryker and Maria Nava share important updates for employers when using AI technology. Read more.
November 29 2023
Global GRC, Data Privacy & Cyber Security ConfEx
Maria Nava is a panelist during the session, "The Convergence of Data Security, Governance, and Privacy Regulations in the Modern Era" at the Global GRC, Data Privacy & Cyber Security ConfEx in San Francisco. Details here.
November 8 2023
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Tech Law Summit
Please join us for Frankfurt Kurnit's inaugural Tech Law Summit at our offices in downtown Manhattan on Thursday, May 4, 2023. The event will be held in person only, and space is limited. Read more.
May 4 2023
LACBA Cyber & Privacy Law Career Panel
Maria Nava speaks on the Cyber & Privacy Law Career Panel during an event hosted by the Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Society at USC Gould School of Law and the LA County Bar Association’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Section. Details here.
April 18 2023
UCLA: 2023 Annual Diversity Networking Dinner
Maria Nava is a speaker during the UCLA Division of Graduate Education Annual Diversity Networking Dinner.
January 26 2023
Blockchain Technology Compliance
December 14 2022
news & press
Privacy Considerations for 2023
2023 is around the corner. As a refresher, on January 1, 2023, two new comprehensive privacy laws – the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”) – take effect. Read more.
Privacy News for Q2 2022
A summary of privacy news and trends we have seen in the first half of 2022. Read more.
Calif. Privacy Agency Unveils Long-Awaited Draft Regulations
Connecticut Privacy Law Adds Stitch to Confusing Legal Patchwork
Does Your Loyalty Program Violate the CCPA?
California Attorney General Rob Bonta tweeted and released a statement that his office has sent warning letters to businesses in a variety of industries for alleged failure to comply with CCPA. Read more.
Digital Evidence Repositories and Vulnerable Populations
The ICC Forum published Maria Nava's article, "Digital Evidence Repositories and Vulnerable Populations: How the Accumulation of Digital Evidence May Interact with the Privacy of Sexual Assault Survivors.” View Article