Julie Brill

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Julie Brill
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill.jpg
Former FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
In office
April 6, 2010 – March 31, 2016
President Barack Obama

Julie Brill, currently co-head of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, was formerly the Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission from April 6, 2010 - March 31, 2016. After joining the Commission, Ms. Brill worked actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.[1]

Former Commissioner Brill has been named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues”[2] a “key player in U.S. and global regulations”,[3] “one of the top minds in online privacy”,[4] one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate”,[5] “one of the top 50 influencers on big data”,[6] and a “game-changer”.[7] In 2014 she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award[8] from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Former Commissioner Brill is an advocate of protecting consumers’ privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information.[9] In her speeches, publications[10] and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, Former Commissioner Brill called on industry and policymakers to improve privacy by developing practical solutions rooted in both consumer protection and competition principles.[11]

Former Commissioner Brill has been named “one of the 50 most powerful people in health care".[12] She advocates for effective antitrust enforcement in the health care and high-tech sectors. She wrote the Commission’s unanimous decision in ProMedica, dissolving the merger of two hospitals in Toledo, Ohio.[13] Former Commissioner Brill’s ProMedica[14] decision was recently upheld on appeal by the Sixth Circuit of the United States Circuit Court.[15]

Former Commissioner Brill focuses on the need to improve consumer protection in the financial services arena.[16] She advocates improving regulations and enforcement involving credit reporting, debt collection and in other financial areas.[17] She is particularly interested in combatting frauds targeting consumers caught up in the economic downturn. She strongly supports increased cooperation among the FTC, the CFPB, and the States as they implement the provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[18]

Former Commissioner Brill has received numerous national awards for her work. In addition to the 2014 Privacy Professionals Privacy Leader of the Year Award,[19] she also received the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award,[20] and was recently elected to the American Law Institute.[21]

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Ms. Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Former Commissioner Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Former Commissioner Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Prior to coming to the Vermont Attorney General’s office, Former Commissioner Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. Former Commissioner Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship[22] for her commitment to public service.


  1. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill#speeches
  2. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/316381/140610internationalregulation.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.insidecounsel.com/2014/12/22/the-privacy-puzzle?t=cybersecurity-privacy
  4. ^ http://blog.varonis.com/top-8-minds-online-privacy/
  5. ^ http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/hawks-and-doves-washingtons-privacy-debate-155245
  6. ^ http://www.onalytica.com/blog/posts/big-data-2015-top-100-influencers-and-brands?utm_content=buffer2e754&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  7. ^ http://politic365.com/2013/09/13/politic365-honors-its-2013-class-of-game-changers/
  8. ^ https://privacyassociation.org/news/a/knocking-down-silos-and-weaving-the-tapestry-a-look-at-the-priorities-of-ft/
  9. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill#speeches
  10. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill
  11. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill#speeches
  12. ^ Becker's Healthcare
  13. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140422promedicaopinion_0.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cases/2012/06/120625promedicaopinion.pdf
  15. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140422promedicaopinion_0.pdf
  16. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill#speeches
  17. ^ https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/julie-brill#speeches
  18. ^ http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/middle-class/dodd-frank-wall-street-reform
  19. ^ https://privacyassociation.org/news/a/knocking-down-silos-and-weaving-the-tapestry-a-look-at-the-priorities-of-ft/
  20. ^ http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/milbank-tweed-forum-julie-brill
  21. ^ http://www.ali.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.bio&bio_id=261&fromne=1
  22. ^ http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter/financialassistance/scholarships/rootscholarship

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