By Kate Tummarello - 07/22/14 12:22 PM EDT
Jon Leibowitz, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has been appointed to the board of advisors for a website that deals in consumer data.
“Reputation.com is a technology company that’s breaking new ground in online privacy and reputation management,” Leibowitz said in a statement announcing his appointment.
He praised the site’s goal of “empowering people to own and control their personal data.”
“That’s an important paradigm shift from today, when a person’s information is bought and sold without their knowledge, consent or benefit.”
While at the FTC, Leibowitz worked on numerous privacy issues, including initiating an agency study of “data brokers” — the companies that collect and sell consumer data, often without consumers’ knowledge — and updated the rules governing how websites and apps collect and use data about children.
In a statement, Reputation.com CEO Michael Fertik — who launched the site in 2006 — praised Leibowitz's "outstanding record of serving and safeguarding the privacy and interests of American citizens."
Currently, Leibowitz is an antitrust lawyer at Davis Polk.
-- This post was updated to correct the nature of Leibowtiz's appointment.