Honoring Jessica Rich


Jules at FPF retreat

During the 2017 Annual Advisory Board Meeting, FPF issued its first-ever award to Jessica Rich, the former Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for her leadership in responsible data use and consumer privacy.

“We are thrilled to honor Jessica with our inaugural award celebrating leadership in responsible data use and consumer privacy,” said Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum. She is widely credited with building the FTC’s privacy program from a small team in the 1990s to the signature program that it is today.”

In her role as Director, Jessica managed over 450 attorneys, investigators, and support staff charged with stopping consumer fraud and false advertising, and protecting consumers’ privacy.  Under her tenure, the Bureau brought a series of major law enforcement actions to halt ongoing law violations. The Bureau also issued groundbreaking reports on data brokers, the Internet of Things, Cross Device Tracking, Big Data, mobile security, and kids’ apps.

Prior to being named Director, Jessica served in a number of senior roles at the FTC, including Deputy Director of the Bureau, Associate Director of the Division of Financial Practices, and Acting Associate Director of the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.

On May 8, 2017, Jessica joined Consumer Reports as its new Vice President of Consumer Policy and Mobilization.

FPF salutes Jessica for her leadership in responsible data use and consumer privacy!