Facebook is expanding its Washington D.C office with the timely addition of privacy-related advocates, as its privacy issues raise more and more eyebrows from legislators. The company is currently amidst a search for a public-policy expert and a vice spokesman, followed by a recent appointment of a new head of office and the team of nine on premises.
The social-networking giant is heading for D.C for a good reason, as its aforementioned on-going privacy issues escalated against Google a few weeks ago, as SiliconANGLE covered here. Google has removed Facebook’s access to its contact data, a change to their Contacts API terms of service.
“We were in Washington comparatively earlier in our growth cycle,” said Tim Sparapani, a former privacy expert for the American Civil Liberties Union who became Facebook’s Washington lobbyist in March 2009. “We have the benefit of having seen those companies and their experiences in Washington and learning from them.”
Privacy and security issues stretch across almost every aspect when it comes to Facebook, as its new messaging system also raises concerns regarding other privacy and security issues including spam. This is one other thing which needs to be added to Facebook’s to-do list, as it may need to delve into politics even further in order to continue creating new standards for user privacy management.