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Google’s Director Of Privacy Alma Whitten Leaving This June

Around three weeks ago search giant Google announced that its Android platform chief Andy Rubin is no longer in that position. And recently Google has confirmed that its current privacy director Alma Whitten is going to resign this June.


Alma Whitten

Alma Whitten joined Google in 2003. She received her PhD. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. She became specialized in human factor challenges for computer security. After working seven years as a Google engineer, Alma Whitten was appointed Google’s Director of Privacy for Product and Engineering in 2010. In fact at that time she was the perfect person to fill that position as she had a strong a background in privacy and security. However after getting appointed, Whitten used to manage Google’s privacy efforts across both engineering and product management, and ensure that the company builds “effective privacy controls” into its products and internal practices.

But it has been reported suddenly that Alma Whitten is stepping down in June and she will be replaced by Lawrence You, Google’s Director of Engineering, who has been at the company for eight years and is one of the founding members of the company’s privacy program. You will report to Eric Grosse — the vice president of security and privacy engineering.

It ‘s not been mentioned why Whitten is going to resign but Forbes reported that though Whitten will be retiring in June, but she will still be staying there for a few more months to ensure the leadership transition remains smooth.

A Google spokesperson said, “During her 10 years at Google, Alma has done so much to improve our products and protect our users. The privacy and security teams, and everyone else at Google, will continue this hard work to ensure that our users’ data is kept safe and secure.”

Source: Forbes
Thanks To: The Verge

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