Julie Brill '81, - "Big Data and Consumer Privacy: Addressing Challenges and Finding Solutions"
Department:Center for Information Technology Policy
Audience:Open to the Public
Julie Brill, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, will present a public talk titled, "Big Data and Consumer Privacy: Addressing Challenges and Finding Solutions,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February, 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Her talk is co-sponsored by the School’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Given the recent spate of retail credit card scandals, this lecture will look at the very timely issue of data collection and consumer protection. The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) is an active and regulating presence in the business community. A few significant issues the FTC deals with include the online advertising industry, identity theft and behavioral targeting. For example, in 2010, the FTC backed a "Do Not Track" system for the web that would enable people to avoid having their actions monitored online. Brill was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission April 6, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2016. Since joining the Commission, she has worked on issues most affecting today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving high tech and health care. Before she became a commissioner, Brill was the senior deputy attorney general and chief of consumer protection and antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Brill has also been a lecturer in law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Commissioner Brill was an assistant attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years, from 1988 to 2009. Commissioner Brill has testified before Congress, published numerous articles, and served on many national expert panels focused on consumer protection issues such as pharmaceuticals, privacy, credit reporting, data security breaches, and tobacco.