Privacy Advisor

FTC announces staff changes

December 1, 2012

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz has announced the appointment of Peter Miller as the FTC’s chief privacy officer (CPO) while General Counsel Willard K. “Will” Tom has left the agency to return to the private sector and Principal Deputy General Counsel David Shonka will serve as acting general counsel. 

“Will served this agency with great distinction,” Leibowitz said. “His leadership helped bring significant antitrust and consumer protection victories on behalf of American consumers, and we will sorely miss his thoughtfulness, wise counsel and extraordinary writing skills. We are fortunate that Dave Shonka will serve as acting general counsel, as he did very admirably before Will became general counsel.”

Miller, meanwhile, as chief privacy officer, will coordinate efforts to implement and review the agency’s policies and procedures for safeguarding all sensitive information and will also chair the FTC’s Privacy Steering Committee and the Breach Notification Response Team.

Miller has served as acting CPO since the former CPO left the FTC and has worked at the FTC for nine years.