Sr. Legal Counsel - Data Privacy

San Jose, CA
Full Time
Job #: R0043251 Exp.: 7+ Years
PayPal is seeking a high caliber, experienced and energetic data privacy attorney to join PayPal’s Global Privacy & Data Protection legal team. The Senior Legal Counsel - Privacy position will provide world-class privacy and data protection legal advice and regulatory support as a member of the Global Legal Privacy team, reporting to PayPal’s Global Legal Head – Privacy & Data Protection. The Senior Legal Counsel will work closely with legal colleagues who support PayPal in more than 200 markets around the world as part of a growing legal team, currently comprised of approximately 175 legal staff members globally. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your privacy and data protection knowledge, expertise and passion in a collaborative, fast-paced and engaging setting that continuously strives for excellence, customer satisfaction, compliance, innovation, and industry leadership at a dynamic time in privacy, payments, and PayPal.

Job Description:
  • Advising the business on privacy matters concerning product development and strategy, marketing, data use and governance, and risk.
  • Serving as a key subject matter expert and advisor to PayPal lawyers, and advising key functional areas and regional business units on data privacy requirements regarding new and enhanced consumer and merchant products, services, technology, marketing communications, data use, and new business initiatives.
  • Helping to ensure adherence to global privacy and data protection laws, while enabling the development and execution of business initiatives.
  • Coordinating with regional lawyers to evaluate and, where appropriate, help design products, services and technologies for compliance with local data privacy regulations.
  • Working with Compliance colleagues, the Global Privacy Office and PayPal’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) to develop, enhance and implement the PayPal Global Privacy Framework in markets where PayPal operates.
  • Advising on new and emerging legal and regulatory developments impacting data privacy and data security, including identifying trends and potential impacts on the business’s activities.
  • Providing training to legal colleagues to help them advise their clients on how to design products and services that comply with PayPal’s Privacy Principles and reflect organizational privacy and security requirements.
  • Understanding and advising on the privacy and data protection legal requirements applicable to complex data flows across the data lifecycle.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with government relations teams to proactively monitor and review privacy and data-protection related legislation in order to ensure accurate and up-to-date inventories of all legal obligations.
  • Support commercial negotiations, as needed, driving to a risk-based and pragmatic resolution of outstanding privacy and data protection aspects of strategic partner, merchant and/or vendor agreements.

Skills & Experience: Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate experience and competence with the following.
  • In-depth knowledge of cutting-edge IT, web, mobile, and payment ecosystem technologies (especially those used in the collection, storage and analysis of data) and their privacy and data security implications.
  • Familiarity with, and strong interest in, financial services technology, mobile and alternative payments, as well as emerging technology.
  • Deep, demonstrable privacy, data protection, and program management skills and expertise, with an emphasis on financial privacy law. Specific experience with privacy data protection laws, including GLBA, CCPA, CAN-Spam, GDPR, ePrivacy Directive, and other applicable laws is required.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to tolerate change and ambiguity.
  • Global thinker and demonstrated collaborator, who displays sound and pragmatic legal and business judgment in providing practical advice to clients on privacy and data protection issues.
  • Ability to translate legal advice into actionable policies, processes and programs that enable business objectives.
  • Facility with a team-based approach to subject matter management and knowledge sharing, and comfort with a flexible, agile environment that emphasizes collaboration and team performance over management hierarchy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team, to effectively coach and mentor others (including non-attorneys), and a sense of humor and resiliency, especially under tight deadlines and while managing multiple priorities.

Qualifications: In addition to the above Skills & Experience, candidates should possess the following qualifications.
  • 7 or more years of experience practicing either in-house (or in an equivalent setting) or at a reputable law firm.
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree. Admitted to a state bar.
  • Exceptional writing skills, with attention to detail and ability to generate creative original drafted documents.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate and help non-experts understand applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Experience advising clients in the financial services, mobile payments, internet and technology industries preferred.
  • Relevant technical certifications, such as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) or other relevant certifications preferred.

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