Facebook’s brand-new leading legal representative assisted compose Patriot Act

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Facebook caused a US federal government authorities as its basic counsel.


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Facebook has actually called State Department legal consultant and Patriot Act designer Jennifer Newstead as its basic counsel, the business stated Monday in an article.

She signs up with Facebook as the social media faces United States federal government probes and Europe’s GDPR information personal privacy law in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica information scandal.

Her time at the Trump administration’s State Department started in 2017. At the time, Buzzfeed News highlighted her function in crafting the 2001 Patriot Act. That legislation, signed into law by President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, provided the federal government broad monitoring and detention powers.

United States Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh kept in mind Newstead’s function in 2002, The Hill reported.

“Her enhanced leadership duties and her excellent service on a range of issues — including helping craft the new U.S.A. Patriot Act to protect the United States against terror — have earned her this important distinction. She is first among equals,” he stated in a 2002 Justice Department news release.


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She’ll take over the Facebook role from Colin Stretch, who will stick around until summer as part of the transition.

“I’m excited to be joining Facebook at an important time and working with such a fantastic team,” Newstead said in Facebook’s blog post. “Facebook’s products play an important role in societies around the world. I am looking forward to working with the team and outside experts and regulators on a range of legal issues as we seek to uphold our responsibilities and shared values.”

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