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Majoras steps into FTC chairman role

Under Deborah Majoras' tenure, the FTC will be responsible for overseeing enforcement of the Can-Spam Act.

Deborah Majoras started her new job on Monday as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, the primary federal agency responsible for investigating deceptive Internet practices including privacy violations and spam. "It will be a privilege to serve with my fellow commissioners and the commission staff as we work tirelessly to protect and enhance consumer welfare," Majoras said in a statement.

President Bush gave Majoras, a Republican antitrust lawyer, a recess appointment earlier this month that will permit her to serve through 2005. Under Majoras' tenure, the FTC will be responsible for overseeing federal enforcement of the Can-Spam Act, as well as reviewing mergers and defending its Do Not Call list in court.