Lindsey Tonsager


Covington & Burling


Lindsey Tonsager helps national and multinational clients in a broad range of industries anticipate and effectively evaluate legal and reputational risks under federal and state data privacy and communications laws. She co-chairs the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative.

In addition to assisting clients engage strategically with the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Congress, and other federal and state regulators on a proactive basis, she has experience helping clients respond to informal investigations and enforcement actions, including by self-regulatory bodies such as the Digital Advertising Alliance and Children’s Advertising Review Unit.

Ms. Tonsager’s practice focuses on helping clients launch new products and services that implicate the laws governing the use of artificial intelligence, data processing for Internet of Things devices, behavioral advertising, endorsements and testimonials in advertising and social media, the collection of personal information from children and students online, e-mail marketing, telecommunications, and new technologies.

Ms. Tonsager also conducts privacy and data security diligence in complex corporate transactions and negotiates agreements with third-party service providers to ensure that robust protections are in place to avoid unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of customer data and other types of confidential information. She regularly assists clients in developing clear privacy disclosures and policies―including website and mobile app disclosures, terms of use, and internal social media and privacy-by-design programs.


Contributions by Lindsey Tonsager

  • Next Gen COPPA: Global Children's Privacy Developments
    Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2020 - Canceled
  • 'Sale' under CCPA may not be as scary as you think
    The Privacy Advisor
  • Location, 'Posizione' , Emplacement: Issues in Global Location Data Privacy
    Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2019
  • Big Data, AI and U.S. Privacy
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Facial Recognition: Legal, ethics and privacy
    Speaker at San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet: April 3, 2019
  • California Consumer Privacy Act
    Speaker at San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet: November 1, 2018