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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has said he plans to resign effective mid-February, The New York Times reports. Leibowitz has chaired the federal agency for four years and “pushed for online privacy protections and sought to restrain unfair competition,” the report states. “I felt like it was a good time to leave because we got through a number of things that I wanted the commission to address,” he said. Leibowitz helped bring privacy cases against Google and Facebook and helped expand the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, among others. An FTC successor could come from within the agency, the report states, with possibilities including current commissioners Julie Brill or Edith Ramirez. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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