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Former Chief Technologist for the FTC Announced as Executive Director for California Privacy Protection Agency

Loeb & Loeb Privacy, Security & Data Innovations co-chair Tanya Forsheit is quoted in an article by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) discussing the recent appointment of Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and senior advisor to the White House, as its first executive director of the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA). Soltani was a key player in the drafting of the California Consumer Privacy Act and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) while also a leading voice and advocate for the Global Privacy Control (GPC) initiative.

Soltani’s past agenda is expected to shape the enforcement goals and priorities of the CPPA, with key players in privacy and technology expecting an aggressive stance on the CPRA and a focus on advertising technology issues and noncompliance with GPC. Numerous firms have expressed confusion about the structure of the CPRA, believing that once it goes into effect, compliance with GPC signals will no longer be mandatory.

In the article, Forsheit said that she also anticipates an aggressive enforcement approach from Soltani. She also noted that she expects "consideration for the perspectives of the many stakeholders" involved with the CPRA while looking forward to working with Soltani and the CPPA on "clear guidelines" for companies as they "seek to protect their customers privacy and trust in ways that also meet the expectations of regulators across the country and around the globe."

Click here to read the article on IAPP’s website.