Internet privacy expert to join FTC in August

Noted law professor and privacy expert Paul Ohm is expected to join the Federal Trade Commission in August as a senior policy adviser focusing on Internet and mobile markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Ohm, currently a professor at the University of Colorado, is a former federal computer crimes prosecutor and an expert in information privacy.

“Paul’s keen insights on how the law applies to technology and privacy issues will be invaluable to the FTC’s work in these areas,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “We have been fortunate in bringing in a series top-notch experts to advise us on cutting-edge issues and enhance our in-house expertise. We look forward to having Paul on board.”

Ohm’s bio:


Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He writes in the areas of information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Through his scholarship and outreach, Professor Ohm is leading efforts to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science.

Before joining the University of Colorado, in 2006, Professor Ohm worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as an Honors Program trial attorney. Before that, he served as law clerk to Judge Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He attended the UCLA Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.

Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that he earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker and has guest blogged at Concurring Opinions and The Volokh Conspiracy.

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