On February 28, 2013, a White House official confirmed that President Obama will nominate Edith Ramirez as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Ramirez, who has served as an FTC Commissioner since April 2010, will replace outgoing Chairman Jon Leibowitz, who announced his departure earlier this month.
Prior to being nominated to the FTC in 2010, Ramirez worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on litigation and antitrust issues. Ramirez has been an active participant in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Data Privacy Subgroup and the development of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system.
Ramirez’s appointment, which is subject to Senate approval, will open a Commissioner spot on the FTC. It is unclear at this time who President Obama may nominate to fill her former position.
On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Chairman Jon Leibowitz will step down from his role on February 15, 2013. Leibowitz, who has been with the Commission since 2004 and was appointed Chairman in 2009, leaves the agency with a much more aggressive privacy agenda than the one he inherited, having helped to shape “groundbreaking work on consumer protection and competition issues.” During what may be his final press conference as Chairman, Leibowitz announced a new staff report on mobile app privacy disclosures and an enforcement action against the operator of a social networking app stemming from allegedly deceptive information collection practices that violated Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced on Monday that David C. Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, is leaving the Commission on December 31, 2012 to return to the Georgetown University Law Center.
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As reported in BNA’s Privacy Law Watch, EU Member States are working on an overarching privacy framework agreement with the United States. The framework agreement, which may be used as a starting point for future negotiations, aims to reduce the amount of time and resources required to prepare new agreements between the European Union and the United States.