Ex-FTC Tech Leader Picked To Head Calif. Privacy Agency

By Allison Grande (October 4, 2021, 8:10 PM EDT) -- A prominent security researcher and former chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission has been selected to lead the day-to-day operations at California's new privacy protection agency, which will be the first authority in the U.S. to focus solely on policing how companies handle consumers' personal data. 

Ashkan Soltani, a technology expert who was one of the architects of California's landmark Consumer Privacy Act as well as the California Privacy Rights Act ballot initiative that was passed last year to strengthen existing law, began work Monday as executive director of the California Privacy Protection Agency, which is charged with implementing and...

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