The FTC's next chief technologist is on a quest for better passwords

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Privacy issues will likely stay at the forefront of the FTC’s focus next year thanks to the commission’s appointment of Lorrie Cranor as its new chief technologist.

Cranor, a professor of computer science and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory. She will succeed Ashkan Soltani, the privacy expert who assumed the role in November 2014, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced on Thursday.

Cranor will join the FTC in January.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the great work the agency does in the areas of consumer privacy and data security,” she said via email.

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