04/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Facebook Gets New Public Policy Director

Privacy advocates who are gunning for the social network Facebook will soon have a familiar name to kick around. Facebook's chief privacy officer, Chris Kelly, is widely expected to take a leave of absence to run for attorney general of California in 2010. A Facebook spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the company had hired Timothy Sparapani to become its director of public policy, a new position. At the A.C.L.U., Sparapani worked on issues including national ID cards, data mining, open government and E-Verify, the Internet system employers use to check an employee's immigration status. He will officially join Facebook next month, working from Washington and reporting to Mr. Kelly, presumably until he hits the campaign trail 2

At the ACLU, Sparapani served as legislative counsel on privacy issues, experience that should be useful as Facebook continues to wrestle with user privacy issues, exemplified by the recent backlash over changes to its terms of service. 1
  1. Facebook Hires ACLU Privacy Lawyer (paidContent)
  2. Facebook Gets New Public Policy Director (Bits (NYT))

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