Jon Leibowitz

Telecom Firms Form Privacy Coalition

As privacy and data security heat up on Capitol Hill in the wake of news over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, a group of the nation's largest telecommunications companies formed the 21st Century Privacy Coalition.

For the First Time, Women Could Head FTC, FCC

President Obama has the chance to make history again, this time by naming the first woman chair of the Federal Communications Commission as well as one to head the Federal Trade Commission.

Path Settles Privacy Charges With FTC

Path, a social networking app, agreed to settle privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it collected personal information from users' mobile address books without their knowledge or consent.

FTC Chairman to Leave in Mid-February

Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz will step down from the agency February 15 after four years as chairman. He has been a commissioner since 2004. Many in Washington anticipated his move, announced late Thursday in a number of leading national newspapers, since last year.

FTC Finally Closes Google Investigations

Ending weeks of speculation and rumor, the Federal Trade Commission today finally closed its nearly two-year antitrust investigation into Google that will no doubt leave Google's competitors unsatisfied.

FTC Restricts Behavioral Targeting of Kids

Flanked by the leading privacy hawks in Congress, Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz Wednesday unveiled tighter rules to strengthen kids online and mobile privacy.

FTC Launches Probe of Data Broker Privacy Practices

Last week's Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus briefing on data brokers and privacy must have left quite an impression on Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, who opened a probe today to study the privacy practices of the data broker industry.

FTC’s Vladeck to Exit Dec. 31

David Vladeck, the hard-charging director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, is officially leaving on Dec. 31 to return to his faculty position at Georgetown University Law Center.

Kids’ Mobile Apps Under FTC Probe for Privacy Violations

Mobile apps for kids are still flunking in terms of privacy. Most don't even have a privacy policy and far too many kids' apps are sharing information about kids with ad networks and other third parties, according to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission.

Advertisers to FTC: We’re Not Going Back on ‘Do Not Track’

Advertisers are dismissing charges that they are somehow backing off their commitment made last February to honor a uniform browser feature that would give consumers the choice to opt-out of ad tracking on the Internet.