Daniel Kaufman

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Overview

Daniel Kaufman brings nearly 25 years of experience with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, recently leading the 450-person Bureau as Acting Director, where he oversaw all consumer protection matters, including investigations and cases involving privacy, data security, advertising, influencers, endorsers and other marketing practices. As Deputy Director of the Bureau for most of the past ten years, Daniel has been involved in virtually every high-profile consumer protection and privacy case brought by the FTC in the past decade, including matters involving some of the largest technology and consumer products companies and matters involving newer start-ups and innovators.

A preeminent thought leader and subject matter expert in advertising and data privacy issues, he is a frequent speaker on consumer protection matters and can provide context for the challenges our clients face regarding privacy and consumer advertising. He has unique insights into what is in store for the industry as the FTC changes direction with new leadership, new priorities, the use of different legal authorities and collaborations with state and federal partners.

Daniel joined the FTC as a staff attorney in 1998, where he litigated cases challenging unsubstantiated health and disease claims in the Division of Advertising Practices. He served as an Attorney-Advisor to former FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras from 2005 to 2008, and as Bureau Chief of Staff from 2008 to 2011. As Acting Director, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security and delivered a statement regarding COVID frauds and scams. In 2015, he testified on fighting fraud against the elderly before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Prior to joining the FTC, Daniel spent four years in New York City as a litigator.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection:
    • Acting Director (2021)
    • Deputy Director (2012 to 2021)
    • Chief of Staff (2008 to 2011)
    • Attorney-Advisor to Chairman (2005 to 2008)
    • Staff Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices (1998 to 2005)

Admissions

  • *Not admitted in the District of Columbia, admitted in New York. Practicing pursuant to D.C. Rule 49(c)(8) under the direct supervision of Jeffrey Paravano during pendency of application for admission to the District of Columbia.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994, cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1989

Blog

In The Blogs

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AD-ttorneys Law Blog
Much Ado About Penalties
By Daniel Kaufman
November 8, 2021
So we have been writing quite a lot about the recent deluge of FTC Notice of Penalty Offense letters. And as we have told you, at their core, the letters are a vehicle that would potentially allow the agency to seek significant civil...
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The Latest FTC Policy Statement Sets Its Sights on Negative Option Marketing
By Linda A. Goldstein, Daniel Kaufman, Randal M. Shaheen
October 29, 2021
Policy statements are neither rules nor notices of penalty offenses, but when the FTC issues a policy statement discussing an area that has been the subject of a lot of enforcement activity, it warrants serious attention, particularly when...
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A Synopsis by Any Other Name Is Still an Important Thing To Consider
By Daniel Kaufman
October 26, 2021
Whether you are old-school and call them Synopses or you use the new, more in-your-face term Notices of Penalty Offenses, the fact is that this tool has dramatically and quickly increased in significance under Chair Lina Khan’s Federal...
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Allow Me To Introduce Myself
By Daniel Kaufman
October 25, 2021
I’m a longtime consumer protection practitioner but a new blogger in a new role. Now, I am well aware that there are many talented folks out there writing about these issues, but I will try my best to make these entries worthwhile, concise...
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