This week, Jessica Rich, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, announced she's leaving the agency. With Rich and former Commissioner Julie Brill gone (Brill left in 2016 for private practice), it wouldn't be unreasonable to be concerned that the agency has now lost two of its strongest leaders on consumer privacy. But Rich isn't. She predicts the FTC will be very aggressive on regulating sensitive data, and expanding what's classified as such, in the future. And while there are some rumblings that Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen is too focused on "harm" cases for the good of consumers, Rich notes former Chairman Tim Muris was also very focused on harm, but says that was "one of our most productive times in privacy and security."
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