LinkedIn Sunnyvale offices. Photo: Sundry Photography/

LinkedIn’s senior manager, trust and safety, Caroline Goulding has recently updated her own LinkedIn profile: She’s left the San Francisco Bay Area for Dublin, where she is serving as the company’s first data protection officer.

Under the European Union’s recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation, certain companies that process EU citizens’ data, including Sunnyvale-based LinkedIn, must appoint a DPO to oversee compliance. A number of tech companies have appointed privacy and safety lawyers from their in-house teams to fill this role.

While some DPOs have been EU-based, others, including Salesforce’s Lindsey Finch and Google’s Keith Enright, are operating from the United States. Goulding will be based in Dublin, home to LinkedIn’s EMEA headquarters.

It’s a return home for Goulding, who is from Ireland’s County Cork. Goulding earned her law degree and started her corporate career in Ireland, first as a corporate client consultant for Aviva Health Insurance, then a fraud analyst for eBay, and finally as a risk specialist turned lead, trust and safety for LinkedIn.

After becoming LinkedIn’s head of legal policy enforcement and global manager, trust and safety in 2014, Goulding spent one more year at the company’s Dublin office before moving to its Bay Area headquarters. She continued in those roles for another two years, then was appointed senior manager, trust and safety in 2017.

During Goulding’s time in California, she also served on the board of directors for the Irish American Bar Association. She did not immediately respond to request for comment, and LinkedIn declined to comment beyond confirmation of Goulding’s new role.