Face­book VP says Brazil jail­ers treated him with re­spect

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

A Face­book Inc ex­ec­u­tive who spent about 24 hours in a Brazil­ian jail this week said au­thor­i­ties treated him with re­spect and that the in­ci­dent will not slow the com­pany's ex­pan­sion in Brazil. Diego Dzo­dan, a Face­book vice pres­i­dent based in São Paulo, was ar­rested on Tues­day due to a dis­pute over law en­force­ment de­mands for data from the com­pany's en­crypted What­sApp mes­sag­ing ser­vice for use in a se­cre­tive drug traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He was re­leased on Wed­nes­day af­ter an ap­peals judge over­turned a court or­der to ar­rest him. "I was treated with a lot of re­spect," Dzo­dan said at a Satur­day con­fer­ence on Latin Amer­i­can busi­ness trends or­ga­nized by stu­dents at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy's Sloan School of Man­age­ment. He said Face­book has no ac­cess to data that trav­els over the its se­cure What­sApp mes­sag­ing ser­vice, mak­ing com­pli­ance with the re­quest from Brazil­ian of­fi­cials im­pos­si­ble. "The way that in­for­ma­tion is en­crypted from one cell phone to an­other, there is no in­for­ma­tion stored that could be handed over to au­thor­i­ties," he said. His re­marks came dur­ing a Q&A ses­sion af­ter a half-hour talk on Face­book's ap­proach to in­no­va­tion. He also said his de­ten­tion would not af­fect the Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pany's plans for the Brazil­ian mar­ket. "We are ex­tremely com­mit­ted to Brazil. Brazil is a huge mar­ket that re­ally likes Face­book," he said.

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