Privacy

White House Picks Twitter Lawyer to Be Top Privacy Officer

Er, would that be to protect our privacy or theirs?

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President Obama has picked Nicole Wong, Twitter's legal director, to be the White House's first chief privacy officer, CNET has learned.

Wong previously was a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google at its Mountain View headquarters, where she managed a team of lawyers that worked with the company's engineers to review products before they launched. The reviews included privacy, copyright, and removal requests, which earned her a nickname of "The Decider"—as recounted in a 2008 New York Times Magazine article.

Neither Wong nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment from CNET.