|Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics. His research examines the prevalence of online tracking and exposes practices designed to circumvent consumer privacy choices. Ashkan works to help stakeholders understand the technical nature and capability of various commercial and government surveillances. He has previously served as staff technologist in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission and also worked as the primary technical consultant on the Wall Street Journal’s “What They Know” investigative series, and is currently working with the Washington Post on their coverage of the NSA. He has also testified on privacy and security related topics in front of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees. Ashkan lives in Washington, DC.