Google is promoting its top lawyer, Kent Walker, into a global policy position

CNBC reports that Google is promoting Kent Walker, its top lawyer, into a global policy position. Walker, Google SVP and general counsel, has already been a public voice in the company’s latest privacy tangles, but will move into a formal role as senior vice president of global affairs, overseeing Google’s policy, trust and safety, corporate philanthropy and legal teams.

Previous year, Walker joined Google’s Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security, Richard Salgado, to head to Capitol Hill for the first round of reckoning on big tech’s failure to remove political disinformation campaigns during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Walker has commented publicly on Google’s policies around political ad transparency and extremist content on YouTube since then, among other policy matters the company is facing. With social platforms at an ethical crossroads globally and tech chafing at its newly forced compliance with international privacy laws, any public-facing global policy role will be the highlights in 2018 and beyond.

Google recruited Walker away from eBay in 2006, where he worked as the company’s deputy general counsel. Before he joined eBay (and AOL, prior to that), Walker was an assistant U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice.

 

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