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October 22, 2014

FTC Appoints Privacy Researcher and Security Expert as Chief Technologist

The Federal Trade Commission appointed a technology and security expert and former journalist as its chief technologist Tuesday, as the agency looks to put more emphasis on online privacy and security.

Ashkan Soltani will join the FTC next month to advise the Commission on today’s ever-changing technology and policy issues.

“Technology and online and mobile platforms are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace and will remain a key focus for the FTC as more and more consumers adopt mobile devices and tablets,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a press release. “I am pleased to welcome Ashkan to our talented team where he will play a vital role in continuing our important work on behalf of American consumers.”

As a technology consultant and researcher, Soltani’s work has focused on privacy and security issues for more than two decades. He also has served as a technical expert for the Commission, and worked at the FTC between 2010 and 2011 as a staff technologist.

Soltani has also worked as a technical expert for a number of state attorneys general and, before that, worked as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and as a researcher for The New York Times.

Prior to that, Soltani was employed as a manager and consultant for two security technology companies including Sophos.