America’s tech regulator gets five new commissioners in one go
The other seats will be filled by Rohit Chopra, a Democrat formerly of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson, Republicans. The commissioners start with a backlog of work. The FTC has yet to rule on the gigantic 2017 Equifax data breach, and is investigating whether Facebook’s provision of data to Cambridge Analytica violated a settlement agreement the firm made with the agency in 2011. Thomas Struble of R Street, a policy research non-profit, says the settlement required Facebook not to misrepresent either how much information third parties can get hold of, or how it verifies the privacy practices of those parties.