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Facebook Appoints New Privacy Counsel, Gets OK from DPA

SOCIAL NETWORKING—IRELAND

May 21, 2013

Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes says he’s satisfied with the work Facebook has done to meet a four-week deadline to comply with recommendations on improving user privacy, the Independent reports. Had the company failed to comply, it would have faced fines of up to 100,000 euros. Following an audit by Hawkes’ office, the company had implemented changes to transparency and user controls, but a number of the office’s recommendations had not been met, prompting the four-week deadline. Facebook has also announced the appointment of a lead data protection and privacy counsel to its Dublin headquarters. (Editor’s Note: The IAPP recently chatted with Hawkes on life as a privacy enforcer and how companies can avoid his attention.)
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