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Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012

FTC commissioner to speak on agency’s commitment to privacy

March 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- One of the four current commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission will present a public lecture this week at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Commissioner Julie Brill will speak on "The FTC and Its Commitment to Consumer Privacy" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Room 213 of the law school. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the school's faculty lounge. Those planning to attend should arrive early, as space is limited.

Julie Brill

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Brill was sworn in as a commissioner of the FTC in April 2010 and will serve a six-year term, ending in 2016. Since joining the commission, she has worked actively on issues most affecting today's consumers, including protecting consumer privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud and maintaining competition in industries involving advanced technology and health care.

"We are deeply privileged to be joined by Commissioner Brill, who is one of the nation's leading experts on information privacy, as well as one of our most effective and insightful champions of the public good," said Fred H. Cate, distinguished professor and C. Ben Dutton professor of law.

"We are honored that she would make time in her demanding schedule to participate in the Wells Scholars Senior Seminar, visit the Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information (CLEAR), and deliver an address to law students and the public."

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission was founded in 1914 and is the only federal agency with responsibility for protecting consumers and competition in broad sectors of the economy. Despite the breadth and importance of the agency's mission, many Americans don't appreciate the role it plays in advancing consumer interests, especially in the face of new technological challenges.

In recent years, the FTC has emerged as the primary federal guardian of information privacy and security, and is engaged in a wide variety of workshops, enforcement actions and educational efforts to ensure that consumers are informed and protected online and off.

Brill will address the mission of the FTC, her own experiences at the commission and, previously, in state attorneys general offices, with special regard for the challenge of protecting privacy in the face of dramatic technological change.

The commissioner's visit is sponsored by the Wells Scholars Senior Seminar program and CLEAR Health Information, which Cate co-directs.