Microsoft hires former FTC commissioner

Microsoft hires former FTC commissioner
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Former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Julie Brill is joining Microsoft to head its privacy and regulatory affairs department, the company announced Friday.

As corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Microsoft’s privacy and regulatory affairs group, Brill will oversee the company on cybersecurity, privacy and telecommunications regulation.

“I’ve been deeply impressed by Microsoft’s commitment to privacy, their willingness to stand up for customers and their focus on offering constructive solutions to new challenges,” Brill said in a statement. 

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“I’ve always tried to do the same throughout my career in government. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute in a new and particularly meaningful way.”

Brill, a Democrat, was nominated by President Obama in 2010 to serve on the FTC and stepped down from the role last year to join the law firm Hogan Lovells.

As a commissioner, Brill was seen as a privacy and consumer advocate for her calls to scrutinize companies that traded in consumer data.

- Updated on May 2 at 2:56 p.m.