Privacy advocate and former FTC chief technologist Ashkan Soltani has been selected to lead the California Privacy Protection Agency. As executive director of the agency, Soltani will help oversee compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act and the California Privacy Rights Act, two laws he played a large hand in writing.
"California is leading the way when it comes to privacy rights and I'm honored to be able to serve its residents," Soltani said in a statement. "I am eager to get to work to help build the agency's team and begin doing the work required by CCPA and the CPRA."
The California Privacy Rights Act, known as Proposition 24, created the agency last year, giving it the power to write rules related to California's privacy law and oversee enforcement. That law comes into effect in January of 2023.
Recently, Soltani has been advocating for a global privacy control that would allow people to opt out of tracking through their browsers with the click of a button.