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

Blog Posts

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

  • New York
  • 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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May 2022 Public Commission Meeting – Meet Commissioner Bedoya, Plus Blasts from the Past, Endorsements and an FTC Legend
By Daniel Kaufman, Amy Ralph Mudge
May 19, 2022
In February 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it was going to reexamine the Endorsements and Testimonial Guides (Guides) and sought comment on whether and how the Guides should be changed, including addressing issues...
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And Then There Were Five – Commissioner Bedoya Has Arrived
By Daniel Kaufman
May 18, 2022
When a new commissioner arrives at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission), there are some changes to expect as that new person gets up to speed and learns how different it is to be at the FTC versus watching what the Commission...
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A Deeper Dive into the FTC's Proposed Changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Continued Interest in Negative Option Programs
By Daniel Kaufman
May 6, 2022
At last week’s public Federal Trade Commission (FTC) meeting, the commissioners unanimously voted for possible changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). Given the intense interest in FTC rulemaking and the important role the TSR plays...
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The 11th Public Commission Meeting – Talking About Telemarketing, AMG and, Yes, Dream Incubation
By Daniel Kaufman, Amy Ralph Mudge
April 29, 2022
We made it to the 11th public commission meeting. Now, one person who didn’t make it to the meeting today (or at least did not appear on the main screen) was Alvaro Bedoya. We had heard that his confirmation vote to become the fifth...
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What's Going on at the FTC? New Employee Survey Raises Issues If You Are Engaging with the Agency
By Daniel Kaufman
April 29, 2022
A recent survey of FTC employees put forward some interesting numbers. In 2020, FTC staff were asked if their senior leaders “maintain high standards of honesty and integrity” and 87 percent answered positively. In November 2021, the same...
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