The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a new privacy and data security task force, a new consumer advocate group and the appointment of two more people to lead the bureau’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Division.
The bureau is also launching a task force to work on a more robust digital privacy and civil liberties framework for the next three years, which will include developing a national framework for public officials, businesses and consumers.
The new office, which was created last month, will work in coordination with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, which has been given jurisdiction over enforcement of privacy and consumer protection laws.
The bureau will be headed by James Pohl, who has been with the agency since 2011.
Pohl has been at the agency for a decade and has worked on privacy and privacy-related issues for decades.
He was a staff attorney in the Civil Division under then-President Barack Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder.
Pohl’s appointment is a big deal because it comes as the bureau has taken a hard line against data breaches and privacy violations.
Polsi also was instrumental in creating the Consumer Privacy Protection Act in 2010, which included a new definition of data breaches, increased fines for violations and increased the penalties for violations of the privacy and personal information act.
The organization is composed of about 250 privacy advocates, academics, legal scholars, industry representatives and other experts.
Pills said that it was a mistake to create the new task force last year.
“It was a bad idea,” Pills told Ars.
“The law was changed by the Congress.
There was no need for a new office.”
A new office will not necessarily mean new rules, as the task force will likely be less concerned with the FTC’s role in the law than it will be with how it can best use the agency’s resources to protect the rights of consumers.
“The bureau will continue to have a very broad and nuanced role to play in addressing consumer privacy concerns,” Pohl told Ars by email.
“Our mission is to ensure that companies, consumers, and businesses comply with all the law, and we are committed to doing that through the enforcement of consumer protection statutes.”
Pohl is a former assistant attorney general in the civil division and worked in the Office for Civil Rights from 2002 to 2006, where he led investigations into the misuse of consumer data in the workplace and the abuse of data in court.
He said that he was “very excited” about Pohl joining the task forces office.
“James has worked very closely with the Privacy and Data Security Clearing House and the Civil Rights Division and is an experienced advocate on privacy issues,” Polsy said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with him to improve the Privacy Act and other privacy and protection issues.”
In an interview with Ars last month , Pohl said he was thrilled that the Privacy Advisory Committee, a group of privacy experts and industry representatives, would be a part of the taskforces office.
“There are a lot of people that are working on privacy law issues, and I’m very glad that I can join this group that will make sure that this office can help,” Pulsi said.