Google has announced that Alma Whitten, the first person to serve as privacy director for the company, is stepping down. The position was created three years ago, after investigations revealed privacy missteps were rampant at Google.
Google has been embroiled in privacy scandal after privacy scandal, dating back to the 2010 revelation that its Street View cars were collecting personal data from private WiFi networks. With concerns over its privacy regulations causing a public relations nightmare, Google is likely looking to stem concerns about the safety of user information.
"During her 10 years at Google, Alma has done so much to improve our products and protect our users," a spokesperson for the search giant said in a statement.
"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,” Google added.
Whitten, who is based in London, will be replaced by Mountain View, California-based Lawrence You in June. You is currently a software engineer at Google, and will take on 'director of privacy for product and engineering' as his new title.