With this hire, the FCC could soon get tougher on privacy and security

"The Federal Communications Commission has hired Jonathan Mayer, a rising star in privacy circles, to serve as its technical lead for investigations into telephone, television and Internet service providers.

He will work primarily on consumer protection issues, especially those having to do with security and privacy, agency spokeswoman Shannon Gilson confirmed.

Mayer is not your average bureaucrat: He's a privacy practitioner with a track record of shining light on questionable corporate behavior. And his hiring is a sign that the FCC hopes to bring an increasingly aggressive approach to protecting consumers’ personal data and their privacy to the next level."