Watchdog Group Center For Democracy & Technology Shows Support For Facebook Beacon Settlement

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The proposed resolution calls for Facebook to fund a new privacy think tank that will support programs aimed at educating users, regulators and enterprises about privacy. Facebook director of public policy Tim Sparapani, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology's Chris Hoofnagle and journalist and Web safety advocate Larry Magid will serve as the initial directors.

The Center for Democracy & Technology argues that the three board members are "outstanding choices" whose selection should quell any concerns about Facebook's potential influence over the foundation. "Hoofnagle and Magid are well-known privacy advocates and are absolutely unimpeachable in their independence and their dedication to and experience in protecting consumer privacy online," the group argues in a letter filed with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in federal district court in San Jose.