According to two people familiar with the plans, President Biden plans to nominate Alvaro Bedoya, an online privacy expert, for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, a critical position of the technology industry in regulating the sector. keeps to.
Mr. Bedoya is a lawyer who has studied how new technologies can violate privacy. He was the author of a 2016 report that called for Congress to more closely regulate the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. And he was previously the top attorney on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee.
If confirmed, Mr Bedoya would join an agency that is poised to take aggressive action against the technology industry and other corporate giants. Agency President Leena Khan, a legal scholar who have argued for the rules Which would rein in Silicon Valley’s power over commerce and personal data.
“He has made a mark in holding Big Tech accountable and has spent his career fighting on behalf of the powerless, especially immigrant communities,” said Charlotte Sleman, director of competition policy at the pro-regulation think tank Public Knowledge. Statement. “His scholarship and advocacy showed how Big Data is used to facilitate repressive surveillance and racial discrimination against the most vulnerable.”
Mr. Biden will nominate Mr. Bedoya for the seat currently held by Rohit Chopra, a progressive progressive man who has been nominated by the president to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mr Bedoya declined to comment. his expected nomination was previously reported by Axios.