Google’s privacy director departs after years of controversial practices and legal trouble


Google has confirmed to The Verge that lead privacy director Alma Whitten will be leaving the company after 10 years. Software engineering director Lawrence You, who’s been with the company eight years and is a founding member of Google’s privacy team, will be taking over the job. A Google spokesperson said in part “Alma has done so much to improve our products and protect our users.” But Whitten leaves behind a mixed record as Google’s privacy director, especially in recent years, when the company ran into trouble with governments around the world for practices deemed disconcerting at best and violations at worst.

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