Nate Cardozo Is Going From Scrutinizing WhatsApp to Working for It

The Electronic Frontier Foundation veteran will become the app’s privacy policy manager Feb. 19

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Electronic Frontier Foundation senior information security counsel Nate Cardozo likely became quite familiar with WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook, during his six-and-a-half years of working on cybersecurity policy for the EFF. And now, Cardozo is about to become even more familiar with WhatsApp and Facebook.

He announced in a Facebook post that starting Feb. 19, he will serve as privacy policy manager for WhatsApp.

He explained the move in his post: “If you know me at all, you’ll know that this isn’t a move I’d make lightly. After the privacy beating that Facebook’s taken over the past year, I was skeptical, too. But the privacy team I’ll be joining knows me well and knows exactly how I feel about tech policy, privacy and encrypted messaging. And that’s who they want at managing privacy at WhatsApp. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. It’s going to be an enormous challenge professionally, but I’m ready for it.”

Cardozo isn’t the only one making the move from a privacy organization to the Facebook family: Open Technology Institute senior policy counsel and government affairs lead Robyn Greene revealed in a tweet that she will join Facebook next week as a privacy policy manager on law enforcement access and data protection issues.

Cardozo had been with OTI for four-and-a-half years. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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