Facebook Signs Up Former Bush Regulator To Tackle Privacy Concerns

Social networking website Facebook has hired Tim Muris, the former boss of the Federal Trade Commission and winner of the regulators' lifetime achievement award.

The nomination comes as Facebook is facing increasing scrutiny from the US government, rivals and privacy advocates over its recent mishaps with the latest being that unfortunate bug which allowed private chats to be available publicly, a glitch for it it was thoroughly criticised.

Earlier last month, senior Facebook executives met with Senator Charles Schumer to discuss the implications of the new "Graph" API that allows Facebook to share individual details with third party websites.

Last week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC, filed a complaint together with 14 other privacy and consumer protection organisations with the FTC arguing that "Facebook has engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of consumer protection law".

The US-based public interest research center also said that Facebook was guilty of "violating user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations" because of changes it made to user profile information.

The Register also notes that Facebook has also hired Tim Sparapani, who used to work for the American Council of Civil Liberties.