David Medine

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

David Medine is CGAP’s lead on data protection and security. He works to develop novel, consumer-oriented approaches to data protection and to encourage the creation of cyber security resource centers for developing countries.

Mr. Medine has more than 25 years of experience with privacy and consumer financial services. Before joining CGAP, he served as chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an attorney fellow for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a special counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2002 to 2012, he was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale. Before that, he served as a senior adviser to the White House National Economic Council. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Medine was the associate director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where in addition to enforcing consumer financial laws, he took the lead on internet privacy. Before joining FTC, he taught at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law.

Mr. Medine has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.

By David Medine


The Time for Data Protection Legislation Is Now

Data protection concerns are growing in emerging markets. Here are some data protection challenges that should be on policy makers' radars.

Customer Due Diligence and Data Protection: Striking a Balance

If financial services providers are going to work together to improve customer due diligence, more flexibility will be required to exchange customers’ information responsibly.

How Developing Countries Can Prevent Their Own Equifax Breach

The Equifax data breach that exposed 145 million people's personal information holds two big lessons for developing countries: avoid centralized databases and let consumers control their own data.

India Stack: Major Potential, but Mind the Risks

India’s new financial infrastructure could connect hundreds of millions of people to financial services, but at its core is a biometric ID system that has stirred controversy around data privacy and security. What are the risks, and what can be done to minimize them?

Making the Case for Privacy for the Poor

Poor people in emerging economies are rightfully concerned about whether their families are safe, sheltered and adequately nourished. Where does privacy fit into that mix?