Another sign of the times
As a prominent privacy advocate, Timothy Sparapani, former senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that Internet companies have too much control over consumers' data. The self-described "privacy zealot" didn't join Facebook until seven months ago because he was uneasy about revealing personal information on the site.
Now Sparapani is responsible for shaping Washington's view of Facebook, the world's third-most-viewed site with more than 200 million users, and the privacy policies that will define its business. It's a sign that one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies wants to cultivate influence in Washington, and much earlier than its tech titan predecessors Google and Microsoft.