Julie Brill was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 6, 2010. Since joining the Commission, Julie has been working actively to protect consumers’ privacy, encourage appropriate advertising substantiation, guard consumers from financial fraud, and maintain competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.
Julie has been named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues,” a “key player in U.S. and global regulations,” “one of the top minds in online privacy,” one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate,” “one of the top 50 influencers on big data,” and a “game-changer.” Julie is an advocate of protecting consumers’ privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information.
Julie has been named “one of the 50 most powerful people in health care.” She advocates for effective antitrust enforcement in the healthcare and high-tech sectors. She wrote the Commission’s unanimous decision in ProMedica, dissolving the merger of two hospitals in Toledo, which was upheld on appeal by the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Circuit Court. Julie also focuses on the need to improve consumer protection in the financial services arena. She advocates improving regulations and enforcement involving credit reporting, debt collection, and in other financial areas.
Julie has received numerous national awards for her work. In addition to receiving the Privacy Leader of the Year Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals in 2014, she received the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, and was recently elected to the American Law Institute.
Prior to becoming a commissioner, Julie was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Julie has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law, an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont, and an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Julie graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from NYU School of Law, where she earned a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.