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FTC loses general counsel, gains chief privacy officer

Willard Tom steps down, Peter Miller steps up

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) general counsel, Willard Tom, has stepped down from his post in order to return to work in the private sector, according to an announcement made by FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz. David Shonka, principal deputy general counsel, will stand in as acting general counsel until Tom can be replaced.

Before his more than three years as general counsel, Tom was deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, and led its policy office. Prior to that, he practiced antitrust law at Morgan Lewis.

The agency has also added a new member to its family, Peter Miller as chief privacy officer. Miller’s job will be to implement and review FTC policies and procedures for keeping sensitive information safe, as well as heading up the breach notification response team and privacy steering committee.

Miller has been with the FTC for nine years, serving as assistant director for regional operations in the Bureau of Consumer Protection and as an advertising practices staff attorney, prior to his appointment as chief privacy officer.

Read more at Compliance Week.

 

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