Becky Burr

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Affiliation: GNSO
Country: USA
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of ICANN's ccNSO

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J. Beckwith (“Becky”) Burr is a Partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP[1] and a current member of the ICANN Board of Directors, selected by the GNSO for the term of November 2016 - AGM 2025.


Burr served as the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Neustar from May 2012 to March 2019.[2] In that capacity, she is responsible for implementing the company’s “privacy by design” program and ensuring that the company maintains state-of-the-art privacy and data security to protect customer and consumer information. As an expert on Internet governance, Burr provides policy and legal advice related to the company's provision of Internet domain name registry services.

Prior to joining Neustar, Burr was a partner at the Washington D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr, LLP. She is a veteran of the Federal Trade Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. Becky left the government in October 2000, to practice law. At Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr, Burr focused on the regulatory and transactional aspects of e-commerce law.


  • Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) | Member
  • Governance Committee of the Board (BGC) | Member
  • President and CEO Search Committee | Member
  • Risk Committee of the Board (BRC) | Member
  • Strategic Planning Committee of the Board (SPC) | Member


Burr has considerable experience in e-commerce, information technology, intellectual property licensing, and the international regulation of communications and information technology.[3] Mr. Burr served two terms as the NomCom appointee to the ccNSO Council (2006-2012). She was the U.S. representative to the ccNSO and a member of the ccNSO Council from North America ccNSO Council from 2013 to 2015.[4], [5]

Burr assists multinational corporations from a variety of industry sectors in developing and implementing enterprise-wide data protection compliance programs. She advises existing and prospective operators of Internet top-level domain Registries with respect to ICANN. Ms. Burr also advises clients on international privacy and data security regulations, consumer protection, consumer credit regulations, financial privacy, and anti-money laundering regulations.

Burr was on the board of directors of Alan Westin’s Center for Social and Legal Research and was a founding member of the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.[6]

As an Attorney-Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission (January 1995 - June 1997), Burr was responsible for competition and consumer protection policy in connection with the information industry/electronic information infrastructure. At the Commission, she participated in developing the FTC’s approach to competition and consumer protection in the digital marketplace[7].

At the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), first as Senior Internet Policy Advisor (June 1997 - December 1997) and subsequently as Associate Administrator and Director of International Affairs (December 1997 - October 2000), Becky was responsible for the formulation, analysis, and implementation of Internet and information technology policy as well as international telecommunications and information technology policies. As a member of the Clinton Administration’s inter-agency task force on e-commerce, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Administration policy on Internet governance and privacy and chaired the US working group on the privatization of the Internet domain name system.


  • Burr was cited as a "Leading Lawyer" in "The Legal 500 United States" in 2009, for her work in media, telecommunications, and technology, especially in the areas of privacy and data protection.
  • She was also cited in editions of "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" from 2007 to 2012.
  • Her peers voted her among"The Best Lawyers in America" from 2007 to 2012, for her work in information technology.[8]


As an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, Burr writes and speaks frequently on privacy and e-commerce issues. Her writings have appeared in Privacy and American Business, the Privacy Officers Advisor, and E-commerce Law.


Becky has a BA in American Studies from Yale and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.[9]