Former Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Jessica L. Rich was appointed the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on June 17, 2013. She oversaw Commission attorneys, investigators, and administrative personnel working to protect consumers from deceptive and unfair practices in the commercial marketplace.
Rich joined the FTC as a staff attorney more than 25 years ago, after starting her career in private practice in New York City.
She previously served as Deputy Director of BCP, Associate Director of the Division of Financial Practices, and Acting Associate Director of the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Rich developed or oversaw hundreds of enforcement actions and led major policy initiatives related to privacy, emerging technologies, deception, and fraud. She also developed a number of significant FTC rules.
She is a graduate of New York University Law School (1987) and Harvard University (1983).
Rich is a native Washingtonian.
Speeches, Articles, and Statements
- Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission On Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Health Information Technology – Before the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Health, Benefits, and Administrative Rules of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives ()
- Commission Letter From Jessica L. Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Filed With the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York -- in In re ConnectEDU, Inc., No. 14-11238 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) – Expressing the Concern That A Sale of the Assets of ConnectEDU and Its Subsidiaries May Violate Section 363(b)(1)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act ()
- Letter From Jessica L. Rich, Director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, to Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook, and to Anne Hoge, General Counsel, WhatsApp Inc. – Reminding Both Firms That WhatsApp Must Continue To Honor Its Promises To Consumers With Respect to the Limited Nature of the Data It Collects, Maintains, and Shares With Third Parties ()
- Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Entitled "An Examination of Children's Privacy: New Technology and The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act" – Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Committee On Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate ()