Monday, January 26, 2009
Privacy Pro Picked for Obama Post
Christine Varney will be appointed head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, reports Bloomberg News. A leading privacy attorney and founder of the Online Privacy Alliance, Varney has headed the Internet practice group at international law firm Hogan & Hartson for the last decade. Before that, she served as a federal trade commissioner, where she led efforts to examine privacy issues in the Information Age. Her work at the FTC resulted in congressional and agency hearings, proposed industry standards and increased government enforcement of laws protecting privacy. Varney has served as personnel counsel on President Obama's transition team since November.