Facebook appoints privacy tsars after mistakes

Facebook has created two new corporate privacy officer jobs soon after a US regulator forced the social networking giant to overhaul its privacy policy.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 14:12 PM IST

London: Facebook has created two new corporate privacy officer jobs soon after a US regulator forced the social networking giant to overhaul its privacy policy.

Facebook recently bowed to pressure from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after it ruled that the company had lied to its 800million users for the past five years.

The FTC ruled that Facebook`s serious violations included allowing other companies access to users’ personal information - even after they deleted their accounts.

It claimed Facebook had been ‘unfair and deceptive’ and broke the law.

In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Erin Egan, who recently joined the company from law firm Covington & Burling, will become Chief Privacy Officer (Policy), while Chief Privacy Counsel Michael Richter will become Chief Privacy Officer (Products).

Their job is to make sure that feedback from users and lawmakers is taken into account when building new Facebook products and when updating current ones, the Daily Mail reports.

Zuckerberg admitted in a statement that the company had made ‘high-profile mistakes’, but claimed it had a good general record on privacy.

According to the paper, the FTC ruling was an extraordinary assault on Facebook and the most damning judgment yet on its failure to respect its users

ANI