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Confirmations in Line with FTC's Privacy Focus

BEHAVIORAL TARGETING—U.S.

March 5, 2010

The Senate this week confirmed two new Federal Trade commissioners, and one is known for her support of privacy laws, reports MediaPost. Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill received the nod of approval on Wednesday. During her tenure with the Vermont Attorney General's Office, Brill received an award from Privacy International for her efforts to require state banks to obtain consumers' written opt-in consent before sharing information with third-parties, the report states. The confirmations come at a time when the commission has expressed a growing interest in online privacy issues and a growing impatience with online advertisers' self-regulatory efforts. In a statement, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy lauded the confirmation, saying "I am especially encouraged by [Brill's] expertise on antitrust and privacy issues."
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