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The Privacy Advisor | Dan Fredinburg, Google X Privacy Lead, Dies at 33 Related reading: Status of the California Privacy Protection Agency’s work



Amidst the tragedy still unfolding in the earthquake-stricken nation of Nepal, a member of the privacy profession died while climbing Mount Everest. Google engineer and self-described adventurer Dan Fredinburg was among at least 17 climbers who lost their lives when an avalanche set off by the earthquake struck their base camp.

In a blog post, Google Privacy Director Lawrence You wrote, “Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy … Dan Fredinburg, a longtime member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe, and we are working to get them home quickly.”

Fredinburg joined Google in 2007 and has led the privacy team within Google X, the company’s exploratory research division. He was involved in Google’s self-driving car as well as Google’s Street View.

According to a piece in Network World, the 33-year-old engineer described his job as an “Entrepreneurial product and program management expert dedicated to using data science and connected devices like drones, smart appliances and wearables to protect and improve the environment and human rights. At Google, I drive the creation of data protection and lifecycle management systems to defend the liberties of our users.”

Fredinburg’s sister took to Instagram, writing, “We appreciate all of the love sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us.” has announced it is donating $1 million to the earthquake response.


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