Former FTC technologist Soltani to go California privateness company

  • California company to implement key state privateness regulation
  • Ashkan Soltani will lead company after working on the FTC and Obama White House
  • He helped craft California privateness measures

The California Privacy Protection Agency on Monday named a brand new government director, Ashkan Soltani, a former chief technologist for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Soltani will lead the brand new company’s day by day operations and oversee enforcement actions, rulemaking and public consciousness, in response to the company, which is tasked with implementing the state’s client privateness legal guidelines. Soltani will even construct the company’s crew.

“California is leading the way when it comes to privacy rights and I’m honored to be able to serve its residents,” Soltani stated in a press release.

The California privateness company was established after voters accredited California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), final yr. That measure, which takes impact in 2023, expanded privateness protections underneath the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which was enacted in 2018 and took impact in January 2020.

The newer measure established the company, which is ruled by a five-member board, to implement and implement the regulation. Jennifer Urban, a medical regulation professor on the University of California Berkeley School of Law, serves because the chair. The inaugural board members have been appointed in March.

Urban welcomed Soltani in a press release. “His background in technology and privacy, and his work on both the CCPA and the CPRA give him a thorough understanding of California privacy law and will stand him in good stead as he leads Agency staff and helps the Agency fulfill its privacy protection mandate,” she stated.

Soltani was an “architect” of each the 2018 and 2020 measures, the company stated.

He beforehand served as a senior advisor to the U.S. chief know-how officer within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy underneath the Obama administration. As chief technologist on the FTC, he helped create the Office of Technology Research and Investigation, the company stated.

He can also be a fellow at two know-how and privacy-related facilities at Georgetown Law.

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