- confirmed it has hired 3 of its fiercest critics after two years growing privacy scandals.
- The company said in a statement to Business Insider that it believes it is “important to bring in new perspectives to the privacy team” and “the new hires we are making will challenge us to build better approaches to privacy in the future.”
- Robyn Greene, an attorney for Open Technology Institute, and Nathan White from Access Now will work out of Facebook’s DC office, while Nate Cardozo, an attorney formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be based out of Menlo Park, California.
After 2 years of growing privacy scandals, Facebook confirmed it has hired 3 privacy law activists, who are among some its fiercest critics.
The company announced Tuesday that it hired Robyn Greene, an attorney for Open Technology Institute, Nathan White from Access Now, and Nate Cardoza formerly of Electronic Frontier Foundation. Greene and White will work with Facebook’s Washington DC office while Cardoza will be based in its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
“We think it’s important to bring in new perspectives to the privacy team at Facebook, including people who can look at our products, policies and processes with a critical eye,” said Facebook’s Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer, in a statement to Business Insider.
We know that we have a lot of work to do not only to restore people’s trust in Facebook, but also to improve their privacy experiences,” he said.
Cardoza wrote that Facebook’s business model “depends on deception and apathy” in an op-ed in The Mercury News in 2015 and that the company’s responses to its privacy scandals are “disingenuous and fundamentally unfair.”
"Whether they’ll be able to be effective inside what’s become a big bureaucracy that makes money off of knowing a ton about us remains to be seen." Jen King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, thinks it's a sign Facebook may be ready to actually take privacy seriously.
Greene responded to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by saying “Facebook basically pimped out its users,” arguing that the company covered up “corporate malfeasance.”
The most concerning aspect of the #CambridgeAnalytica story isn’t how CA influenced the election; it’s how @facebook basically pimped out its users & when their John misbehaved, Facebook covered for him. The story is Facebook’s corporate malfeasance. https://t.co/IfYO7Ht1fU
— Robyn Greene (@Robyn_Greene)
“We hope that the new hires we are making will challenge us to build better approaches to privacy in the future and we’re excited to have them onboard,” said Sherman.
The move received applause from some privacy activists on social media, who expressed optimism for Facebook’s future and its ability to listen to critics.
— Alec Muffett (@AlecMuffett)
Good news: FB has hired Robyn Greene, Nate Cardozo & Nathan White—signal that FB might be taking critics seriously https://t.co/b9t1XRQPgB
— Chris Hoofnagle (@hoofnagle)
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