President Biden plans to nominate Alvaro Bedoya, an online privacy expert, for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, putting a tech industry critic in a key position to regulate the sector. this, according to two people familiar with the plan.
Mr. Bedoya is a lawyer who has researched how new technologies can invade privacy. He authored a 2016 report calling for Congress to more closely regulate the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. And he was previously the lead counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s privacy subcommittee.
If confirmed, Mr. Bedoya will join a body that is believed to take active action against the tech industry and other giant corporations. The agency’s president, Lina Khan, is a legal scholar who has argued for regulations that would curb Silicon Valley’s power over commerce and personal data.
“He has made a trail in attribution to Big Tech and has spent his career,” said Charlotte Slaiman, competition policy director at the pro-regulatory consultancy Public Knowledge. to fight on behalf of the powerless, especially those in the immigrant community. declare. “His scholarship and advocacy have revealed how Big Data is being used to facilitate oppressive and racist surveillance of the most vulnerable.”
Mr. Biden will nominate Mr. Bedoya to the seat currently held by Rohit Chopra, a charismatic progressive the president has nominated to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mr. Bedoya declined to comment. His much-anticipated nomination was first reported by Axios.