Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them

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Here’s some good news for massive corporations that have violated the public trust by exposing the personal data of millions of American consumers, as if they needed it: the government’s new chief watchdog is one of their own. Andrew Smith, a lawyer who has represented dozens of firms including Facebook and Equifax, will serve as the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection unit.

Smith was confirmed for the watchdog position Wednesday on a party-line vote after he promised to recuse himself from basically every high-profile case the FTC is involved in because he’s had a hand in representing the companies that are being investigated, per The New York Times.

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