The Federal Trade Commission has drafted Paul Ohm, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School and a well-regarded expert on internet privacy, as a senior advisor on mobile privacy and competition issues. Ohm is slated to assume his new position on August 27 of this year.
According to his biography on his website, Ohm is an Associate Professor who specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Most of his published articles involve different legalities with regard to technology and the internet, such as his 2010 piece, "Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization," which took a look at how computer scientists are able to "reidentify" people who had allegedly been made anonymous.
Ohm mentioned his new appointment on Twitter:
I'm very excited to be joining the FTC in DC this August. on.wsj.com/KWGJsuI'll be taking a temporary leave from Colorado Law
— Paul Ohm (@paulohm) May 21, 2012
In a press release, Ohm said he was honored to have received the appointment. "The FTC is the focal point for so many of the important information privacy debates taking place today," he said. "I hope to help the Commissioners and staff of this great agency continue the important work they have done to protect consumers online."
FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz welcomed Ohm's expertise into the agency's fold, saying, "Paul’s keen insights on how the law applies to technology and privacy issues will be invaluable to the FTC’s work in these areas." Given the plethora of privacy issues that permanently persist in the tech world, I imagine there will be no shortage of things to do for Ohm.
Ohm has guest blogged at The Volokh Conspiracy, the online home of another legal eagle, Eugene Volokh. Volokh was actually the author of a recent report commissioned by Google where he argued that the company was entitled to redesign search results because it is owed the same freedom of speech protections as media and publishing companies.[Via Wall Street Journal.]