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    ClickZ: New FTC Commissioner Solidifies Web Privacy Focus

    ClickZ reports on a new commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, one with a history of focusing on consumer privacy rights.

    Julie Brill, most recently chief of consumer protection for the State of North Carolina, was confirmed [Wednesday] as a commissioner with the FTC.

    Brill has made privacy protection a key focus throughout her career. Before serving as consumer protection chief and senior deputy attorney general for North Carolina, she worked for 17 years as an assistant attorney general in Vermont, in which time she testified before congress at hearings related to consumer protection and financial data privacy. She is also co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Working Group on Privacy. […]

    The FTC has already swung in a pro-online privacy direction since the Obama administration settled in. Chairman Jon Leibowitz, though reluctant to support online ad and privacy regulations outright, has indicated that industry self-regulation may not be enough to protect consumer privacy.

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