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THE LEDE: Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Rebecca Richards, privacy and civil liberties officer at the National Security Agency, will speak during separate sessions at Thursday’s privacy summit, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Ramirez — whose question and answer session with Morrison Foerster partner Reed Freeman begins at 11 a.m. — will touch on the privacy issues currently in front of her agency, including data security protections for consumer data in light of recent high-profile data breaches that affected tens of millions of consumers, according to an agency spokesman.

The chairwoman will likely call for baseline privacy legislation as well as echo previous calls from her and other commissioners for federal data security legislation that would solidify and expand the agency’s authority to bring enforcement action against companies that fail to adequately protect consumer data, the spokesman said. Ramirez will also address privacy concerns in the realms of connected devices, mobile devices and “big data,” according to the spokesman.

At 3:45 p.m., Richards will talk privacy with Danny Weitzner, former deputy chief technology office for the White House. Richards joined the agency in the newly created position of civil liberties and privacy officer earlier this year. Prior to joining the agency, she worked as the senior director for privacy compliance at the Department of Homeland Security.

Richards’s session Thursday will focus on her role at the intelligence agency, which has been in the spotlight since reports of sweeping surveillance first surfaced last year.