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Heather Burns

Heather Burns

Heather Burns is a tech policy and regulation specialist from Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, and speaks extensively on laws, regulations, and political issues which impact the craft of web development. She hand-coded her first web site in 1997 and was a professional web designer from 2007-2015.

Heather is a component maintainer of the WordPress.org core privacy team, a founding member of a coalition of privacy team members collaborating across open source CMS projects, and was named a Mozilla Open Leader for her work on open source privacy.

Building Privacy-Conscious Projects

Protecting your users’ data is the most important thing you will ever do as a developer, but it isn’t always easy to know where to start. In this session, Heather will give you a toolkit for integrating best privacy practices across your project.

You’ll learn how to define a healthy approach to privacy on the governance, project, and code levels; integrate privacy as a fundamental project value; evaluate your project for gaps in resourcing and expertise; audit your existing work for improvements; and access the growing body of code, design, and resource libraries available to help you along the way.