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Lorrie Faith Cranor

Former Chief Technologist


Lorrie Faith Cranor was the US Federal Trade Commission Chief Technologist between January 2016 and January 2017. She was on leave from Carnegie Mellon University where she is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy, Director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS), and Co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. She also co-founded Wombat Security Technologies, an information security awareness training company. Cranor has authored over 150 research papers on online privacy and usable security, and has played a central role in establishing the usable privacy and security research community, including her founding of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs-Research. Cranor holds a doctorate in Engineering and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE.

Read about Cranor's work at the Commission on the Tech@FTC blog.

Cranor is preceded by the following Chief Technologists:

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