Indian American Maneesha Mithal, most recently associate director of the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy and identity protection unit, has been hired as a partner by Wilson Sonsini law firm. Silicon Valley-founded Wilson Sonsini is known for advising clients in the technology and life sciences sectors.
In her FTC profile, Mithal says she came to the FTC in 1999, “after spending four years as an associate at a big law firm.” She states “after spending so much time reviewing documents, I was thrilled to join the FTC’s international program in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Noting that her “first project was to develop a rule on the privacy of personal health records,” she added that she “loved working on the intersection of health, privacy, and administrative procedure concerns.”
As associate director of the division, she wrote how with “a world-class staff of dedicated, smart, creative, and productive professionals,” they have “settled cases against companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lifelock, Equifax, HTC, and Snapchat,” and “delved into the privacy implications of new technologies like facial recognition, the Internet of Things, and mobile device tracking.”