Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar

The Chronicle of Higher Education


To settle a lawsuit alleging privacy violations, the social-networking giant is pledging to invest $6-million to start a grant-making foundation focused on promoting online privacy, according to a settlement made public this week. Chris Hoofnagle, director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's information-privacy programs, will be one of the new foundation's three board members.

Mr. Hoofnagle wouldn't get specific about the foundation's plans, because the board hasn't met yet. But he expressed excitment about the windfall to support "pro-consumer privacy work."

"I'm particularly interested in supporting groups with a strong record on consumer-privacy issues, and those who need resources to create usable privacy-enhancing technologies," he said in an e-mail message to Wired Campus.