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This article was published on January 19, 2012

Data Privacy Day 2012 to feature new Facebook Chief Privacy Officer for Policy

Data Privacy Day 2012 to feature new Facebook Chief Privacy Officer for Policy

The Facebook security team has just announced its participation in Data Privacy Day, an event sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

The event will feature participation from the FTC, whom Facebook had quite the run-in with last year. The settlement between Facebook and the FTC requires the company to submit to audits for the next 20 years.

Here’s what the company said about its participation in Data Privacy Day:

Join the National Cyber Security Alliance for a Data Privacy Day 2012 live-stream featuring the Honorable Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission and two expert panels. Our own Chief Privacy Officer for Policy Erin Egan will participate in a panel titled “Privacy & Security: Best Practices in Action,” which will incorporate questions from the Facebook audience. Click the link to RSVP and ask questions in advance on the Facebook Event wall!

The event, which you can join here for updates will take place on January 26th, and features Facebook’s newly appointed Chief Privacy Officer for Policy, Erin Egan. Egan was appointed after the settlement with the FTC was announced, and shared during Mark Zuckerberg’s admission that the company had “made a bunch of mistakes” surrounding the handling of privacy and transparency about Facebook’s feature set. In that post, Egan’s duties became public:

Erin Egan will become Chief Privacy Officer, Policy. Erin recently joined Facebook after serving as a partner and co-chair of the global privacy and data security practice of Covington & Burling, the respected international law firm. Throughout her career, Erin has been deeply involved in legislative and regulatory efforts to address privacy, data security, spam, spyware and other consumer protection issues. Erin will lead our engagement in the global public discourse and debate about online privacy and ensure that feedback from regulators, legislators, experts and academics from around the world is incorporated into Facebook’s practices and policies.

The live-streamed event also includes participation from company representatives of eBay, MasterCard, Intel, Comcast, and AT&T. Interestingly enough, there is no participation from Google. The company is asking for participation on its Data Privacy Day page, and users are already asking their questions in hopes that they’ll be answered during the event on the 26th.