• On July 19, 2011, President Obama announced that he will nominate Maureen K. Ohlhausen to the FTC. Ms. Ohlhausen is telecommunications and technology lawyer who previously served at the FTC from 2004-2008 as a Director in the Office of Policy Planning. More information may found here.
  • The US Department of Justice and the FTC have announced a shared role in the Google antitrust probe, which Google acknowledged on June 24, 2011, after two years of discussions. Under the agreement, DOJ will review any planned acquisitions by Google, while the FTC will review Google's presence in the Internet search market. More information is available here.
  • On July 21, 2011, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz spoke at a Brookings Institution forum on privacy and argued for a national data breach notification standard. He noted that 47 states have laws that require notification to consumers of data breaches, but feared that a state-by-state approach could lead to a "crazy quilt patchwork of statutes". He declined to comment on the SAFE Data Act, which recently passed a House Subcommittee and establishes a national notification policy, because he has not yet read the bill. See Legislative Outlook. More information is available here.