In an act to increase its trust and public credibility, Facebook has roped in former legal counsel at privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation Nate Cardozo. Cardozo previously held the position of Senior Information Security Counsel with Electronic Frontier Foundation and had worked closely with the organization’s cybersecurity policy.
Nate Cardozo also confirmed the move via social media. Nate Cardozo previously was a prominent Facebook critic, who used to criticize the company for sharing the privacy of its users. The move of Nate Cardozo to join the social media giant comes as a surprise to many. The negotiation happened after Facebook’s plan of integrating WhatsApp messenger product with its Instagram and Facebook properties.
The addition of Nate Cardozo to the WhatsApp privacy ranks may reveal that the company is planning for a secure legal and lobbying efforts for the future. But this merge of Facebook with WhatsApp and other social media does not sit well with EU. The company is facing severe scrutiny, with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner saying the move could be barred over privacy concerns.
Cardozo has written many harsh comments and reviews about Facebook. In a op-ed in October 2015, published in the San Jose Mercury News wrote, Cardozo wrote “Maybe you don’t care enough about a faceless corporation’s data mining to go out of your way to protect your privacy, and anyway you don’t have anything to hide,” he further went on to add “Facebook counts on that; its business model depends on our collective confusion and apathy about privacy. That’s wrong, as a matter of both ethics and law.”
One of the most recent articles published by a critique in December 2018 about the recent leak of Facebook information, titled, “New documents show that Facebook has never deserved your trust. ”
Leading into the merge, Facebook is smart enough to recruit as many reputed voices in online privacy. The recent event regarding the companies failed to give more importance to individuals privacy hasn’t entirely vanished yet. But its move of hiring all the critics is a reliable way to build the lost trust. For an organization who is not known for its public dissent and open dialogue, the newly hired critics may prove a valuable asset.