Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Leibowitz to be appointed FTC chair

Jon Leibowitz is to be appointed today to chair the Federal Trade Commission. Leibowitz is currently a member of the commission, so President Obama will need to make another appointment to fill the vacancy.

Leibowitz's views on Robinson-Patman enforcement are unknown (since nobody bothers to talk about it much). He has taken strong positions on privacy issues, which could have impact on on-line marketing practices, and possibly on some in-store practices (e.g., studying shopper behavior via camera, and possibly even collection of loyalty card info).

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