White House Picks Twitter Lawyer to Be Top Privacy Officer

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


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.