Alicia Young

Special Counsel, Auckland

Technology and Telecommunications

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Alicia has advised on a diverse range of matters in the technology, communications and financial sectors, with a particular focus on technology and data related matters, including privacy and data protection, data analytics, AI, cyber security, fintech and other emerging technologies.

Alicia has substantial experience from both customer/user and provider perspectives and is fluent with navigating across legal, operational, risk, compliance and business teams within organisations, having held senior private practice and in house counsel roles across different industries and jurisdictions, including for IBM and Tata Communications covering Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Most recently, Alicia was based in Singapore as the head of JP Morgan's privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property legal team for Asia Pacific.

Alicia is a contributing author to various technology, telecommunications and data protection publications.


Alicia's recent experience includes:

  • Developing relationships with local and regional regulators and enforcement agencies on new or changing privacy, data protection and cybersecurity laws, standards and information sharing requirements.
  • Advising on local privacy law, taking into account the relevance of the European Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for organisations that are subject to the GDPR.
  • Advising on international data centre services and resiliency planning for mission critical business operations.
  • Advising on privacy and cyber incidents and breaches as well as assisting with the implementation of programs to proactively incorporate legal requirements for cyber security within organisations up front.
  • Advising on business process outsourcing for an asset manager.
  • Advising on the technology, data protection and cyber security aspects of new applications over mobile platforms, particularly the use of biometric data.
  • Advising on the entire life cycle of data for both employee and customer data, including collection, use and consent requirements for personal information.
  • Advising on data subject rights and requests.
  • Negotiating with a major telecommunications carrier to procure local and international infrastructure and data services under framework agreements.
  • Advising on terms and conditions and privacy/data protection policies for new products and services.


LLB, BA, University of Auckland


Alicia is admitted to practice in New Zealand and in England and Wales.

Alicia regularly contributes to thought leadership in her field of expertise, with recent publications including COVID-19 contact tracing apps trigger legal privacy concerns – how NZ should respond; and Electronic Signatures: Using technology to minimise COVID-19 business disruption for contracts.

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