Biden will appoint knowledge safety officer Alvaro Bedoya for the FTC


The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington

Source: Federal Trade Commission

President Joe Biden announced Monday that he plans to nominate privacy hawk Alvaro Bedoya for the Federal Trade Commission.

If the nomination is confirmed, the nomination would complete Biden’s selection of the influential independent agency, allowing the Democrats to move forward with an ambitious agenda on competition and privacy enforcement. Bedoya would take the seat of Democratic Commissioner Rohit Chopra, who is awaiting confirmation to head the Bureau for Consumer Financial Protection.

The FTC consists of five commissioners who vote on enforcement actions and policy decisions, with no more than three commissioners from a single party.

Bedoya is currently the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. His academic work has examined surveillance technologies including facial recognition. This expertise could be an important addition to the FTC, which is currently led by Biden’s other candidate, antitrust lawyer Lina Khan.

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