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Corporate Counsel reports on Amazon’s announcement of its first in-house head of privacy. Former IAPP Chairwoman Nuala O’Connor, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, will fill the newly created role. Amazon’s decision to establish such a role follows a trend among major tech companies in recent years. Google, Apple and Facebook are among those that have made efforts to establish chief privacy officer roles. Future of Privacy Forum’s Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US, recalls a time when it was believed privacy officer positions were a passing fad. But the turbulent landscape of privacy regulation has seen companies increasingly hiring counsel to protect themselves from media criticism, class-action lawsuits and Congressional inquiries.
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