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A Look at Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer


December 11, 2012

The Hill reports on the work and responsibilities of Facebook Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Erin Egan. As CPO, Egan is responsible for explaining the firm’s privacy policies to its one billion users—partly through its new “Ask the Chief Privacy Officer” feature—ensuring that feedback from lawmakers and regulators gets implemented in Facebook’s policies and weighing the privacy implications of new products, the report states. Her team reaches across multiple departments, including product development, security and privacy. Center for Digital Democracy President Jeffrey Chester said Egan has been willing to “have substantive discussions on key issues.” Meanwhile, student group Europe v. Facebook is reaching out for funding to bring a civil case against the company for alleged data protection violations.
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