Privacy Lives joins the Center for Digital Democracy, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Times, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group in a letter (pdf) urging new Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz to appoint a new Director of Consumer Protection.
The director should have a track record as a genuine champion of consumer rights, someone whose experience reflects not simply a broad familiarity with industry procedures in the area of consumer relations, but a deep commitment to proactively protecting the public from all manner of unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices.
We believe it is especially important that the new Director be someone who has demonstrated throughout his or her career both knowledge of and commitment to consumer protection. […]
President Obama has made clear that American consumers deserve effective regulatory oversight of businesses, reversing the absence of federal vigilance over crucial sectors of the marketplace that affect the public’s welfare. The position of Director of Consumer Protection is one of such profound importance to consumers that the American public can ill‐afford any unnecessary delays in appointing a suitable candidate to fill the position.