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FCC hires a privacy guru to help lead its telecom investigations

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 24, 2015
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If you want proof that the Federal Communications Commission is getting serious about privacy, you only need to look at its latest recruit. The agency has hired Jonathan Mayer, one of the masterminds behind Do Not Track browsing, as the chief technologist for its Enforcement Bureau. He'll help lead investigations into any shady behavior from telecoms and TV providers, particularly if they run afoul of your privacy or security.

Mayer is only 28, but he may easily be up to the job given his track record. On top of working closely with officials on privacy issues (he consulted for California's attorney general), he has a knack for forcing companies to come clean through his own research. He caught Google bypassing Safari's cookie settings to follow users, for instance, and busted Verizon for its use of an impossible-to-delete supercookie. So long as everything works out, the FCC will have someone who understands both the legal and technical challenges inherent to protecting your privacy.

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