Concerns Persist After Facebook Settlement

The Daily Californian


Chris Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, will sit on the three-member board that will oversee the foundation. The board will not meet until a 30-day appeal window for the suit closes.

Hoofnagle said that social media has laid the foundation for a new category of privacy concerns.

"Consumer privacy issues have taken on a new importance with the rise of social networking," Hoofnagle said. "The problem is that existing regulatory structures are convinced that privacy issues are institutional. We think of entities such as phone companies as the privacy threat, but with social networking, we are the threat because we reveal too much. We tag photos, etc."

Boalt Hall School of Law students are working to bring privacy-related issues to the forefront through the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic-of which Hoofnagle is a senior fellow. The students are learning how to advise and represent real clients in confidentiality problems, according to Jennifer Lynch, who is a faculty director at the clinic.