SACRAMENTO — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday announced plans to name Travis LeBlanc acting chief of the agency’s enforcement bureau.
A former top aide to Attorney General Kamala Harris, LeBlanc oversaw that office’s work on technology, high-tech crime, privacy issues and piracy soon after his appointment in 2011.
On Twitter Tuesday, Chris Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, suggested LeBlanc’s appointment “could mean that [the FCC] will be the next big privacy regulator.”
“The credibility of the commission’s rules depends on its enforcement activities,” Wheeler said in a prepared statement. “Travis LeBlanc … is a savvy prosecutor who also knows how to secure agreements with private companies in order to advance the public mission.”
Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, LeBlanc worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel for two years starting in 2009. His resume also includes work at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco. LeBlanc clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The FCC’s enforcement bureau is responsible for enforcing provisions in the Communications Act, commission rules and orders, and terms and conditions in stations’ authorizations.
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