On June 15, the Senate voted (69-28) to verify Lina Khan as the most recent commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). And just hrs afterwards, President Biden named her as the new chair of the company. As we beforehand talked about below, Khan is an outspoken critic of big tech and is likely to go after an aggressive enforcement and rulemaking agenda as the FTC’s new leader.
“It is a great honor to have been picked by President Biden to direct the Federal Trade Fee,” mentioned Chair Khan in an FTC push release issued soon right after her swearing in ceremony. “I look forward to operating with my colleagues to guard the general public from company abuse. I’m extremely grateful to Performing Chairwoman Slaughter for her exceptional stewardship of the Fee.”
A 32-calendar year-previous associate professor of regulation at Columbia University, Khan rose to prominence immediately after publishing a legislation evaluate report in 2017 that sharply criticized large tech corporations. Right after regulation faculty, Khan worked as a lawful director at the Open Markets Institute, as a lawful advisor to recent FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and as a authorized counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Industrial, and Administrative Law.
For the duration of her confirmation listening to in advance of the Senate Commerce Committee, Khan defined why she thinks that the FTC should additional aggressively regulate significant tech, promised to be “particularly vigilant” in defending little ones from manipulative marketing initiatives, and highlighted her concern that “organizations could handle privacy regulation violations merely as the value of carrying out enterprise.”
Equally Senate Democrats and Republicans lauded Khan’s technique to huge tech, despite the fact that some Republican senators expressed fears about Khan’s expansive look at of the FTC’s rulemaking authority. Senator Wicker (R-MS), for occasion, expressed issue about a “broadly around-regulatory approach.”
Khan’s affirmation gives Democrats a 3-2 bulk at the FTC. But as we described listed here, President Biden has nominated present-day FTC Commissioner Chopra to be the upcoming director of the Shopper Economic Protection Bureau (CFPB), and now Chopra’s nomination has state-of-the-art to the full Senate right after a 12-12 committee vote on May well 12. If the Senate confirms Chopra, the FTC again will be break up evenly among Democrats and Republicans, at minimum until the president nominates — and the Senate confirms — an individual to swap Chopra at the FTC.
Khan’s affirmation and appointment as chair also bolsters the FTC’s renewed concentrate on rulemaking, which we talked over below.
Adhering to the confirmation, Senator Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “For as well long, large tech corporations have acted like they’re also huge and powerful to be held accountable. I are unable to hold out to see @linamkhan prove them completely wrong at the @FTC.”
In reaction to her affirmation, Khan tweeted, “I am so grateful to the Senate for my confirmation. Congress established the FTC to safeguard fair level of competition and defend shoppers, employees, and genuine enterprises from unfair & deceptive practices. I appear forward to upholding this mission with vigor and serving the American public.”
Khan’s term as an FTC commissioner will proceed until finally September 25, 2024.