White House Reportedly Taps Twitter Legal Eagle for Chief Privacy Officer

The White House has reportedly selected Twitter’s legal director, Nicole Wong, to be the administration’s first chief privacy officer.

Prior to joining Twitter in 2012, Wong spent eight years at Google in the capacity of vice president and deputy general counsel to the Internet search giant.

She received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley before becoming a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.

“Choosing a Silicon Valley lawyer who has been immersed in technology issues is a reversal of the administration’s previous picks for department-level chief privacy officers,” says Declan McCullagh of CNET. “Homeland Security Chief Privacy Officer Mary Ellen Callahan is a Washington lawyer who previously worked for the Library of Congress.”

The White House is yet to make an official announcement with regard to Wong’s appointment.