An August 5, 2009 article in the NY Times discussed David C. Vladeck, the new head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, and quoted Venable partner Stu Ingis.
According to the article, in just over six weeks on the job, Mr. Vladeck has asked Congress for a bigger budget, for a streamlined way to create regulations and has said he would hire technologists to help analyze online marketers' tracking. His first moves have been to pick apart industry groups' proposed self-regulatory principles and to meet with companies to discuss online ad guidelines.
Mr. Vladeck has said his broad mission was to redefine how the commission looked at online privacy, but some industry leaders and executives are wary of too much intervention. 'We have to be very, very careful not to take steps that will upset' the Internet economy, said Ingis, a partner in Venable's Privacy and Data Security Practice.