Lead Counsel, Privacy (Messenger)

Meta is seeking a highly motivated, talented and experienced attorney to join Meta's Legal Team providing privacy legal advice for our core messaging app, Messenger. This is a high impact, product-focused role and the ideal candidate will be eager to roll up their sleeves and problem-solve on complex, strategic, privacy-forward issues, working closely with Messenger’s cross-functional partners and other legal teams to develop and implement compliance solutions to support messaging product teams’ initiatives. You will have the unique opportunity to tackle some of the most nuanced and novel privacy issues impacting global messaging. The ideal candidate will be ready to develop and triage ongoing privacy legal strategies for Messenger. You will be joining a collaborative team of privacy lawyers who identify, evaluate and address privacy risk in light of planned growth initiatives, privacy laws, compliance obligations and policies; train other teams on privacy matters; and collaborate closely with other legal teams as well as cross-functional privacy partners to deliver legal advice globally. We are looking for a self-driving candidate who has a solid understanding of global privacy laws and principles, is a team player and collaborates well with lawyers and non-lawyers alike, and is able to practically weigh and manage risks around privacy in a clear and rational way.
Lead Counsel, Privacy (Messenger) Responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in areas of data use and global privacy laws (including state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws, GDPR, LGPD, ePrivacy and other global privacy laws) and advise on the impact of the same on Meta's business
  • Work closely with product lawyers in evaluating the practical impact of privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions, and other related guidelines on product features and development/long term strategy
  • Support members of Meta's product, engineering, legal, security, policy, and other business teams on data use, privacy and security-related legal matters
  • Develop regulatory strategy with relevant privacy regulators in connection with new product features and initiatives and maintain Meta's ongoing privacy-by-design processes
  • Manage internal privacy compliance programs and processes to ensure we meet our obligations under those programs
  • Help to develop and conduct role-specific privacy trainings
Minimum Qualifications
  • Experience advising on privacy legal risks and mitigations, with knowledge of relevant global privacy laws (including GDPR, CCPA, ePD, LGPD, etc.), and/or privacy regulations
  • 5+ years of practicing legal experience, including at a law firm and/or in-house experience
  • J.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) and active membership in at least one US state bar
Preferred Qualifications
  • In-house or government experience with applicable privacy, regulatory, or product counseling, particularly at a technology, social media or messaging company
  • Experience working independently, quickly and accurately to assess legal, practical, and business risks, and provide clear guidance
  • Business judgment and practical client counseling experience, particularly with product launches that implicate data collection, processing and protection
  • Experience collaborating and advancing projects in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and making judgments under deadline
About Meta
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.
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(Colorado only*) Estimated salary of $198,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits
*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)
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