Meet Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Sophie leads the Legal Engineering team at Immuta, whose mission is to make the future of data secure. She is known for her work on privacy and data protection law, including data sharing, de-identification and privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). Sophie is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice and developing and promoting privacy-by design best practices for DataOps and AI.

Topics of Interest

Legal Engineering

Privacy is intimately related with work culture and the best way to build privacy preserving technology is to grow interdisciplinary research and development teams, with both software and legal engineers. Sophie’s team at Immuta is at the forefront of this cultural shift and has won recognition from Fast Company for its innovation in this space.

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Data Sharing and Data Sovereignty

There are both practical and ethical arguments for data sharing: diversifying data access, enabling organizations to be full players in the data economy, accelerating research and innovation, and improving the quality of data products. However, data sharing generates a variety of risks for both organizations and individuals. Sophie is a strong advocate for privacy-preserving data sharing practices and independent data stewardship through a variety of initiatives.

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The list of PETs has grown over the years and now includes a wide range of techniques, including tokenization, k-anonymization, global and local differential privacy, federated learning, homomorphic encryption, secure multiparty computation, and trusted execution environments. Despite all this, PETS remain resource intensive and only used by a few organizations. Sophie and the Immuta team are democratizing the use of these PETs while injecting accountability into the process.

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About Sophie

Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta, where she leads the legal engineering team and runs the Immuta Scholar program.

She works on developing solutions supporting legal and ethical data operations for performing analytics and building AI. Sophie is the author and co-author of several legal and interdisciplinary articles, chapters and books on data protection, privacy and multi-party data sharing.
Sophie is affiliated with the University of Southampton where she holds the chair in Information Technology Law and Data Governance. She has been Co-Director of the Web Science Institute and member of the Southampton Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence at the University of Southampton, UK.

2018 – Present

Immuta, Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer

2018 – Present

University of Southampton, Professor in Information Technology Law and Data Governance


University of Southampton, Associate Professor in Information Technology Law


University of Southampton, Lecturer in Information and Law

Privacy means changing compliance culture and making policy enforcement the number one priority for all types of data operations.

Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

About Immuta

Immuta enables organizations to unlock value from their cloud data by protecting it and providing secure access. The Immuta Data Security Platform provides sensitive data discovery, security and access control, data activity monitoring, and has deep integrations with the leading cloud data platforms. Immuta is now trusted by Fortune 500 companies and government agencies around the world to secure their data. Founded in 2015, Immuta is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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