The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has appointed Princeton University Prof. Edward Felton as its first chief technologist and U.S. Small Business Administration Chief Operating Officer Eileen Harrington as the agency's executive director. The Washington Post reports that Felton's expertise in computer security is essential at a time when the FTC has taken on high-profile technology cases and is expected to soon announce recommendations for how lawmakers and the Internet industry should protect privacy online. Felton will "provide invaluable input into the recommendations we'll be making soon for online privacy, as well as the enforcement actions we'll soon bring to protect consumer privacy," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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