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Google director of privacy steps down after two years

updated 06:49 am EDT, Tue April 2, 2013

Alma Whitten to be replaced by Lawrence You in coming months

Google's first Director of Privacy is stepping down from the role, after two and a half years in the job. Installed in the position after Google admitted to picking up Wi-Fi data through its Street View cars, Alma Whitten will continue as privacy director for a few more months until the transition to new team leader Lawrence You is complete, reports Forbes.

During Whitten's tenure as director, the company merged more than 60 privacy policy statements into a single privacy policy, a move which is still under considerable legal scrutiny by various international government departments. The bypassing of the do-not-track feature built into Safari by installing temporary cookies also flared up under Whitten's care, and though the company settled with the FTC by paying a $22.5 million fine, the issue is still being dealt with in the UK after a group of 12 people decided to sue the search engine.

Lawrence You, Whitten's replacement, has spent eight years working for Google from Mountain View, instead of the London office Whitten currently resides.

It is not clear if Whitten is moving to another part of the company or departing entirely.

by MacNN Staff



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