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Google assembling ‘red team’ to prevent future FTC fines over user privacy

Getting busted for allegedly violating your users’ privacy is never fun for any company, but for Google (GOOG) it recently became costly to the tune of a $22.5 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission. Never one to remain passive, Google has started scouting around for privacy experts who will comprise a new “red team” that will aggressively seek out user privacy risks within Google products.

Specifically, Google is looking for software engineers who “will help ensure that our products are designed to the highest standards and are operated in a manner that protects the privacy of our users” and to “independently identify, research, and help resolve potential privacy risks across all of our products, services, and business processes in place today.”

No salary information is posted, but it’s a likely bet that employing the “red team” will cost less than paying multiple FTC fines.

[Via Threat Post]


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.