Ireland privacy chief leads exodus of Twitter execs

Twitter’s Global Chief Privacy Officer, Irishman Damien Kieran, has reportedly left the company amid a mass exodus of senior security and privacy officials.

When asked by the Irish Independent, Mr Kieran declined to comment.

His departure, first reported by The Verge, comes at the same time as Lea Kissinger, Twitter’s chief information security officer.

“I’ve made the difficult decision to leave Twitter,” she tweeted. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing people and I’m so proud of the privacy, security and IT teams and the work we’ve done.”

The Irish Data Protection Commission has not yet responded to inquiries from the Irish Independent about the departures. Under EU regulations, companies like Twitter must have “qualified” data protection officers and processes in place.

The layoffs come after a chaotic week for the social media platform in which the company laid off up to half of its employees, including key safety, security and compliance staff.

Elon Musk’s lawyer reportedly responded to the departures by saying he was focused on developing new products and was “not afraid” of regulators.

Twitter has already been fined €450,000 by the Irish DPC for failing to timely notify the Irish regulator of a data breach.

Hundreds of employees are laid off in Dublin.

And Mr Musk has banned teleworking and requires employees to be in the office at least 40 hours a week.

A Twitter worker said the ban on remote work has worried many employees, particularly those with children, and said it will likely drive women out of the workforce.

She said staff were in a dilemma about coming into the office today. Most are not required to visit the office unless they choose to do so. Some work completely remotely.

Another worker said the news could not have come at a worse time for London-based workers due to today’s tube strikes.

“For a company that is so very family-oriented in the first place, this will drive women away and is a massive concern for many parents,” the Twitter employee said. “We have people who have just come back from maternity leave and others have to be picked up at crèches and so on.” Ireland privacy chief leads exodus of Twitter execs

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