Friday 28 July 2017

Facebook chief met Taoiseach about data watchdog

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Brian Carroll

Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg personally lobbied the Taoiseach on who would be appointed as Ireland's next data protection commissioner.

The correspondence took place in 2014 as then data protection commissioner Billy Hawkes prepared to step down.

Ms Sandberg lobbied Enda Kenny at meetings and in correspondence, apparently trying to influence his appointment of a successor. She doesn't name preferences, but says she hopes whoever is appointed will be able to collaborate with Facebook.

Irish Independent

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