FTC Names Internet Privacy Expert as Policy Advisor

By John Wagley

The Federal Trade Commission has hired privacy expert Paul Ohm as a senior policy advisor for consumer protection and competition issues affecting the Internet and mobile markets.

Ohm will begin his new position in August, taking a leave of absence from his current job as an associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School, according to a statement. He’ll work at the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, which focuses on implementing long-term competition and consumer protection initiatives and advises staff on legal and policy issues.

“The FTC is the focal point for so many of the important information privacy debates taking place today,” Ohm said in the statement.

Ohm specializes in areas including information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Much of Ohm’s work has focused on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. He has also been a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Ohm will be replacing Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor.

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