At the same time, more formal and consistent information sharing practices between government and the private sector can help individual companies avoid questionable practices and make better decisions, noted Megan Reiss, senior national security fellow at R Street Institute, a non-profit think tank focused on domestic policy. Specifically, Reiss pointed to recent reports that Facebook had entered into data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including telecommunications giant Huawei, which has been identified by the U.S. government as a potential national security threat.

“A better public-private partnership between the government intelligence community and Facebook might have helped the firm make a different decision about who they go into business with,” she said. “It could prevent any bad publicity that they appear to be in bed with a bad actor.”

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