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    PC Mag: Google’s Privacy Director Stepping Down

    PC Mag reports that Google’s privacy director, Alma Whitten, is leaving her position this summer:

    Lawrence You, an engineering director at Google, will take over for Whitten when she departs in June. […]

    Whitten will remain at Google for the next three months to help You with the transition, Google said. You has been with Google for eight years, and was one of the founding members of the search giant’s privacy program, so he “has a lot of experience in this area and knows the team really well,” Google said.

    Whitten made headlines in 2010 when she was appointed to serve as Google’s director of privacy across privacy and engineering. That came after Google revealed that it collected entire emails, URLs, and passwords when its Street View cars accidentally sniffed unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

    The revelation prompted Google to boosts its privacy program, which included Whitten’s promotion. […]

    Whitten’s departure comes amidst some other executive shuffles at Google. In mid-March, Google announced that it would combine its Android and Chrome teams, removing Android chief Andy Rubin from his post and giving control of those teams to Sundar Pichai.

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