Speaker Profile

Maneesha Mithal
Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer 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 consumer privacy, facial recognition, and mobile privacy disclosures, and workshops on the Internet of Things and mobile device tracking. She has testified before Congress on data security, facial recognition, and identity theft. She has also supervised Commission investigations that resulted in consent orders, including against companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lifelock, Equifax, and HTC. 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 in 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.