Chris Kelly, Facebook and those privacy issues
Friday, May 14, 2010
If you’re been wondering about Chris Kelly and his role in Facebook‘s controversial practices over its users’ privacy — and you know that you have — the New York Times has a pretty good overview this morning. There’s nothing particularly new here, but it lays out the terrain, and the distance Kelly has been trying to put between himself and his former colleagues as the primary battle for the Democratic attorney general nomination hits the home stretch. From the piece:
In recent weeks, Mr. Kelly’s opponents — particularly the campaign of Kamala Harris, San Francisco’s district attorney — have questioned whether Mr. Kelly has implicitly acknowledged vulnerabilities by distancing himself from his role in Facebook’s major privacy decisions, a contention the Kelly campaign denies. Mr. Kelly has styled his profession as “attorney/businessman” on the ballot and in recent months has favored more general titles like “legal counsel” in press releases and political ads when describing his duties at Facebook, rather than “chief privacy officer,” which he often used earlier in the campaign.
Mr. Kelly said the shift reflected the campaign’s efforts to align his public descriptions with his official ballot designation. Ballot designations cannot contain company names and are typically limited to three words, which would prohibit a title like “Facebook chief privacy officer.”
Kelly, you’ll recall, has a wad of cash, and he’s peeled off about $4 million of it to drop in his campaign fund.