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Facebook Hires Erin Egan As Director of Privacy

Social networking giant Facebook has hired a director of privacy with political connections as the government increases scrutiny in its security and privacy practices.

The company announced that it had hired Erin Egan as its senior policy advisor and director of privacy. Egan is a privacy expert and was previously the partner and co-chairman of Covington & Burling’s global privacy and data security practice.

Facebook, which has more than 700 million users, also announced that Louisa Terrell will join the company as the director of public policy. Before her hiring, Terrell was the special assistant to President Obama for legislative affairs and has also worked in Yahoo’s public policy division.

Both Egan and Terrell will join the company in October and will work out of the company’s Washington D.C office.

Facebook also hired Erika Mann to head its office in Brussels. Mann was previously representing Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) in Europe and is also on the board of ICANN. She was also a member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 2009.

“It’s imperative that we scale our policy team so that we have the resources in place to demonstrate to policymakers that we are industry leaders in privacy, data security and safety,” a Facebook spokesperson said.