Microsoft has one, Peter Cullen. Google and Yahoo don't.
Google said yesterday it wanted to be more transparent. It would also do well to be more accountable. Hiring a chief privacy officer would demonstrate that commitment.In a recent open letter to Google, privacy advocate Lauren Weinstein argues that Google should create a team dedicated to privacy that reports to high-level management.
Apparently, Google has heard this before. Ray Everett-Church, a lawyer with extensive privacy experience, reports having urged Google to hire a chief privacy officer over five years ago. "Unfortunately the folks I spoke to couldn't seem to wrap their minds around the concept of, much less the need for, such an effort," he writes in an E-mail posted to David Farber's Interesting People mailing list.
It seems not much has changed. Google and Yahoo could learn a thing or two from Microsoft.