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NewsPoster Apr 2, 2013 06:49 AM
Google director of privacy steps down after two years
Google's first Director of Privacy is stepping down from the role, after two and a half years in the job. Installed in <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282354==http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/10/22/google.street.view.incident.pushes.tighter.privacy/" rel='nofollow'>the position</a> 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, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282355==http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/04/01/googles-privacy-director-is-stepping-down/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>Forbes</em>. <br />
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During Whitten's tenure as director, the company merged more than 60 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282350==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/01/24/consolidates.70.different.policy.documents.to.one/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">privacy policy</a> statements into a single privacy policy, a move which is still under considerable <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282351==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/18/google.dismisses.allegations/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">legal scrutiny</a> 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 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282352==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/11/18/225.million.settlement.could.resolve.cookie.suit/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">$22.5 million</a> fine, the issue is still being dealt with in <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282353==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/28/group.claims.google.promised.privacy/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">the UK</a> after a group of 12 people decided to sue the search engine. <br />
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Lawrence You, Whitten's replacement, has spent eight years working for Google from Mountain View, instead of the London office Whitten currently resides. <br />
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It is not clear if Whitten is moving to another part of the company or departing entirely.
 
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