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Biden appeals to privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya for FTC

He would replace Democratic Commissioner Rohit Chopra, whom Biden has chosen to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Two people confirmed the choice, both speaking anonymously as the appointment has yet to be officially announced by the White House.

Bedoya’s course: Bedoya, a professor at Georgetown University Law School, specializes in privacy law and founded the school’s Center on Privacy & Technology in 2014.

A naturalized American citizen born in Peru, Bedoya focused his research on how technologies such as facial recognition have led to discrimination against immigrants and minorities.

Prior to moving to Georgetown, Bedoya was chief adviser to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, chaired by the then senator. Al Franken (D-Minn.). In this role, he helped organize surveillance hearings on mobile location tracking and biometric privacy.

How he saw: Bedoya is considered to be knowledgeable about technological issues, especially privacy breaches by the largest online platforms.

And after: Bedoya’s appointment requires confirmation from the Senate. Once the White House officially nominates him, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a confirmation hearing and vote.

Emily Birnbaum contributed to this report.