Latest in Politics

Image credit:

FCC hires a privacy guru to help lead its telecom investigations

Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

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.

[Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

NASA's InSight lander can finally dig a hole for its Mars heat probe

NASA's InSight lander can finally dig a hole for its Mars heat probe

View
Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to US telecoms

Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to US telecoms

View
Fossil's latest Wear OS watches now make calls using iPhones

Fossil's latest Wear OS watches now make calls using iPhones

View
Toyota will debut its tiny city EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota will debut its tiny city EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

View
Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr