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Twitter appoints Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles as UK policy chief

Privacy campaigner will work towards free speech on the social network
Thu May 01 2014, 15:14
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MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has named privacy campaigner Nick Pickles as its UK policy chief.

Pickles is leaving his position as director of Big Brother Watch, a job that he held for two and a half years, to become head of UK policy at Twitter. During his time at the civil liberties group, Pickles sought to ward off the threat of growing surveillance in the UK, and famously lashed out at BT and Google over concerns about their handling of customers' private data.

He won't be leaving the privacy campaign group completely, however, as he will join the Big Brother Watch Advisory Council, the group announced on Thursday. The group is now seeking a new director, and said that it will begin the recruitment process in May. Deputy director Emma Carr will take over for the time being.

Pickles said in a statement, "The past two and a half years have been an incredible experience, working with some remarkable people across the political spectrum and making major contributions to a range of debates about privacy, civil liberties, surveillance reform and freedom of speech.

"It has been a joy to celebrate our many successes with the team and our supporters and work alongside Matthew [Elliot, Big Brother Watch founder], one of the best in campaigners in the business.

"I look forward to the many successes yet to come. At a time when the future of privacy and free speech online are high on the agenda it is very exciting to be joining Twitter."

Matthew Elliot added, "Big Brother Watch's profile and reputation is formidable, commanding both media and political attention. Nick's work has been instrumental in achieving this, but also in ensuring the group is set up for the long-term." µ


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