Microsoft hires former FTC Commisioner Julie Brill to head its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Group

Software giant Microsoft has hired Obama nominee, former Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Group under Brad Smith, the firm’s president and chief legal officer. Brill’s role at the company will include privacy, telecommunications regulation, corporate standards, internet governance, as well as legal and regulatory issues around accessibility of Microsoft products.

Before this, Brill served as an FTC commissioner for six years, and before that chief of consumer protection for the State of North Carolina and assistant attorney general in Vermont.

“Julie’s deep expertise in privacy, keen intellect and strong international relationships will enable our customers to use the Microsoft Cloud knowing that we will help meet their global technology regulatory needs,” said Smith in a statement.

They then stated that Brill will work with policy makers and regulators to incorporate privacy protections into products and services in order “to meet the new privacy standards established by the landmark European Union General Data Protection Regulation.”

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