Lead Counsel, Privacy (WhatsApp)

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Lead Counsel, Privacy (WhatsApp)
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WhatsApp is seeking a highly motivated, talented, and experienced attorney to join its privacy team and advise the company on a range of privacy, data protection, regulatory, and privacy compliance-related issues and initiatives. The role is a great opportunity for any candidate who is keen to tackle some of today’s toughest and most important legal challenges in this cutting-edge area of law. You must have flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs. In addition, you must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced, growing, exciting environment. This role will focus on providing WhatsApp, the world's fastest growing communication service, with strategic and tactical legal counseling on privacy issues. This role will involve collaborating closely with product legal, product leadership, engineering, policy, communications, operations, and business teams. The ideal candidate will have experience advising on state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws, GDPR and other global privacy laws (existing and new), particularly in the context of technology products - even better in the messaging space. We are seeking a candidate who has experience advising on cutting-edge products, rolling out privacy policy updates, responding to regulatory inquiries, standing up compliance programs, and who has strong judgment, communication skills, and a keen interest in learning about new technologies.
Lead Counsel, Privacy (WhatsApp) Responsibilities
  • Apply subject matter expertise and keen strategic judgment in areas of privacy, data protection and security laws (including state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws, GDPR and other global privacy laws) and provide the broader business with legal advice on the same
  • Monitor and respond quickly to developments in data privacy and information security (i.e., new laws, regulations, important judgments, regulatory guidance, etc.)
  • Drive strategy on updates to privacy policy and other public-facing privacy-focused materials, including substance, timing, user notification, and regulatory briefing
  • Collaborate with other legal and non-legal stakeholders to help guide privacy-forward product development and evaluate the impact of privacy laws, regulatory guidance, and enforcement actions on business initiatives
  • Drive high-profile and high-impact projects involving privacy analysis and compliance with cross-functional stakeholders across Facebook's business, policy, legal, communications, security, and other departments
  • Develop regulatory strategy with global privacy regulators in connection with new product features and initiatives and maintain Facebook’s ongoing privacy-by-design processes
  • Respond to privacy-oriented inquiries from global regulators
Minimum Qualifications
  • J.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) and membership in at least one US state bar
  • 5+ years of legal experience, including at a law firm and/or in-house or government experience (applicable litigation, regulatory, or product counseling will be considered)
  • Experience advising on privacy legal risks, regulations, and industry guidelines, with working knowledge of relevant privacy laws including GDPR, CCPA and/or LGPD
Preferred Qualifications
  • In-house or government experience as applicable, in privacy, litigation, regulatory, or product counseling, particularly at a technology, social media or communications/messaging company
  • Project management experience on complex legal projects and effective communication and presentation skills
  • Experience leading and advancing projects in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Experience responding to regulatory inquiries
  • Business judgment and client counseling experience
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 $227,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits
*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)
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