Associate Director of the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Maneesha Mithal is the Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, which focuses on consumer privacy, data security, and credit reporting issues. In this capacity, she has managed significant initiatives, including reports on Big Data, the data broker industry, the Internet of Things, consumer privacy, facial recognition, and mobile privacy disclosures.
She has testified before Congress on data security, connected cars, facial recognition, and identity theft. She has also supervised Commission investigations that resulted in consent orders, including against companies such as Wyndham, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lifelock, Equifax, HTC, and Snapchat. She has held numerous positions at the Commission, including Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Assistant Director of the International Division of Consumer Protection. Prior to joining the Commission 1999, Ms. Mithal was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling. Ms. Mithal earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.