FTC Privacy Veteran Molly Crawford Joins Future of Privacy Forum as Policy Director


Washington, DC, July 23, 2013   The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a  Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy, today announced that former Federal Trade Commission staffer Molly Crawford has joined FPF as its first Policy Director.  In her new role, Ms. Crawford will be expanding and coordinating FPF’s focus on cutting-edge privacy issues.  Ms. Crawford will report to FPF Executive Director Jules Polonetsky.

Ms. Crawford brings to FPF her eight years of experience as a senior attorney in the FTC Division of Privacy and Identity Protection within the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  In that role, Ms. Crawford focused on privacy, data security, and technology matters, leading investigations into companies’ privacy and data security practices.  She developed particular expertise in the areas of mobile privacy, data brokers, and online tracking.  Ms. Crawford also was detailed by the FTC to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she served as Counsel advising senators and their staff on privacy and privacy legislation.

FPF Founder and Co-Chair Christopher Wolf commented on Ms. Crawford’s arrival as the group’s first Policy Director by saying “I cannot imagine anyone better qualified than Molly Crawford to help lead the Future of Privacy Forum to the next level of constructive engagement on the knotty privacy issues facing consumers and businesses today.   We are honored and delighted that she chose FPF as her new professional home.”

FPF’s Executive Director and Co-Chair, Jules Polonetsky said, “Molly is a terrific addition to the FPF team and her great depth in privacy law and best practices will help us advance responsible data use.”

Commenting on her new appointment, Molly Crawford said: “Having dealt with the Future of Privacy Forum during my years at the FTC, I know it to be the most effective group at bringing practical and reasonable solutions to the privacy challenges posed by new technologies.  I am thrilled to join Jules and Chris, as well as Senior Fellows Mary Culnan, Peter Swire and Omer Tene, and the Junior Fellows, in working to advance FPF’s privacy-advancing mission.”

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The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.