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Looker Names Barbara Lawler Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer


September 5, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Barbara Lawler, Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer at Looker. Source: LinkedIn)

Looker, a leading data platform company, today announced that Barbara Lawler has joined the company as Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer, leading Looker’s global privacy, ethics and accountability policies and practices.

Barb is a globally recognized leader and innovator in shaping privacy policies across multiple industries. Previously serving as Chief Privacy Officer for Intuit, Inc. and the Hewlett-Packard Company, she brings decades of experience in implementing global privacy and ethical data innovation strategies. Barb founded Digital Stewardship Strategies where she guided organizations in setting strategies to implement ethical approaches to privacy and digital stewardship, focusing on machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

“Data privacy and ethics are increasingly important, and as an industry we need greater focus to ensure we are operating at the highest standards,” said Frank Bien, CEO of Looker. “Barb brings the experience and leadership to help Looker get there, and also move the industry forward to better practices and policies. We welcome her to the team and look forward to her guidance and expertise.”

“Looker is an exciting, fast-growing company that is at the heart of transforming how businesses discover operational insights through data.” said Barb Lawler. “I’m delighted to join Looker and drive privacy and data ethics strategies that deliver on our mission to empower people through the smarter use of data.”

Barb is a long-time participant and Senior Strategist for the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF), the Chair of the Ponemon Institute (PI) RIM Council Advisory Board and a PI Distinguished Fellow, a member of the Internet Ethics Advisory Board at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Santa Clara University) and is a Future of Privacy Forum member. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Council of San Francisco. Barb speaks frequently on privacy and information ethics, participates in policymaker discussions, and has testified four times before the U.S. Congress, and before the FTC and IRS.



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