FTC Commissioner Julie Brill Honored with International Association of Privacy Professionals 2014 Privacy Leadership Award

Washington, DC – Today the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced the recipient for the 2014 Privacy Leadership Award, U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Commissioner Brill was recognized for her work to protect consumers in the information age by both driving public discussions and developing practical solutions designed to enhance consumer trust. March 7, 2014 –The award is given each year to a trailblazer in the field of privacy and data protection with an ongoing commitment to evolve and develop security and privacy standards while advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

“Commissioner Julie Brill has been at the forefront of the discussion and action to protect today’s consumers in the information age,” said IAPP President and CEO Trevor Hughes. “It’s an honor to recognize the work she has done to support the development of tools to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their  personal online information.”

Commissioner Brill accepted the award at the IAPP’s annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, where privacy professionals from around the world gathered to listen to renowned privacy experts speak and share insights on timely privacy topics, challenges and inventive concepts for continuing to move the profession ahead.

“It’s a great honor to receive this wonderful award from the IAPP, a group that is on the front lines of the discussion and debate about the future of privacy,” said Brill.  “As I accept this award, I redouble my commitment to build bridges with our international counterparts, and to work to ensure that consumers here at home enjoy privacy safeguards, built on principles of transparency and control, in our increasingly connected society.”

Commissioner Brill is an advocate of protecting consumers’ privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information. In her speeches, publications and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, Commissioner Brill calls on industry and policymakers to improve privacy by developing practical solutions rooted in both consumer protection and competition principles.

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, she was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, a position she held from February 2009 to April 2010.  Commissioner Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law.  Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Commissioner Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years, from 1988 to 2009.  Commissioner Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1987 to 1988.  She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. from 1985 to 1986.  Commissioner Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at iapp.org.


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