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Biden to nominate privacy hawk and facial recognition critic to FTC


Biden plans to nominate a privacy expert to the FTC.

President Joe Biden said Monday that he plans to nominate online privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to a seat on the Federal Trade Commission in a move that is expected to lead to greater regulatory scrutiny for Big Tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google. 

Bedoya, the founder of Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology, has been a leading critic of facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies, which his research indicates has hurt marginalized groups and threatened civil rights of minorities in the US. 

The news of Bedoya's nomination comes three months after the Senate confirmed antitrust expert Lina Khan, another Biden appointee and critic of Big Tech companies, to the FTC. Khan, who has been critical of Amazon and Facebook, now chairs the agency. Bedoya's addition to the FTC bolsters expectations that the FTC will ...


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