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Apple Hires Former Facebook Employee in its Privacy Team

Parakilas had earlier worked as Chief Strategy Officer for the non-profit Centre for Humane Technology

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has reportedly hired a former Facebook employee — who testified before the British Parliament on the social media giant’s data-sharing policies during the Cambridge Analytica scandal — as product manager on its privacy team.

According to a report in the Financial Times on Wednesday, the iPhone maker has hired Sandy Parakilas who worked as product manager for Facebook for 18 months before leaving the company in 2012.

Parakilas’ job will involve working to ensure that future products minimise data collection and protect privacy.

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Apple hires Facebook critic on its privacy team: Report. Flickr Commons

During his stint in Facebook, he warned senior executives that the company’s data-sharing policies could have potentially damaging consequences.

“However, Parakilas felt his concerns were being downplayed and eventually left the company,” said the report.

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When the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke last March , Parakilas told the Guardian that it had been “painful watching” the company struggle with the fallout because he knew “they could have prevented it”.

Parakilas had earlier worked as Chief Strategy Officer for the non-profit Centre for Humane Technology. (IANS)

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Russia’s Communication Watchdog Opens Administrative Proceedings Against Twitter, Facebook

In April last year, thousands rallied in Moscow in support of internet freedom after Russian authorities attempted to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram.

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A user gets ready to launch Facebook on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. Facebook has made changes to fight false information, including de-emphasizing proven false stories in people's feeds so others are less likely to see them. VOA

Russia’s communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, opened “administrative proceedings” Monday against Facebook and Twitter for non-compliance with country’s data laws, Interfax news agency reported.

Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov is quoted as saying that U.S. social media giants have a month to comply or face legal proceedings.

According to Roskomnadzor, Facebook and Twitter have not explained how and when they would comply with legislation that requires all servers used to store Russians’ personal data to be located in Russia.

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

Russia has introduced stricter internet laws in the past five years, among other things requiring search engines to share encryption keys with Russian security services.

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In April last year, thousands rallied in Moscow in support of internet freedom after Russian authorities attempted to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram.

Telegram had refused to give state intelligence services access to private conversations which are usually encrypted. (VOA)