US: Concerns raised over FTC director nominee

US consumer watchdogs have expressed concern over the possible appointment of Andrew Smith as the next director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection.

According to Reuters, the concern stems from the fact that Smith, a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, represented credit reporting companies over the massive data breach at Equifax last year.

Sources say that the FTC’s five commissioners will be voting on Smith’s appointment, a process that takes several days.

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