Lead Counsel-EU Data Protection

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Lead Counsel-EU Data Protection
Building platforms that bring the world closer together comes with the responsibility of protecting data and privacy. As we are outlining our vision for a privacy-focused future, we’re continuously invested in protecting people’s data. Our privacy framework involves building privacy into every product. Facebook’s Data Protection team is growing to meet this vision, and we are seeking highly motivated and experienced team players to serve as Data Protection Counsels on Facebook’s EU Product Counselling team. There are several positions open across all of Facebook’s product areas, and our multinational Data Protection team is open to hiring into several locations: Dublin, London, Hamburg, Berlin or Paris. Relocation assistance is available. The role of Data Protection Counsel is a great opportunity for any candidate who is keen to tackle some of today’s toughest and important legal challenges in this cutting-edge area of law. The successful candidates will be joining a growing international Legal team and working on issues in a vibrant, fast-paced environment. The role will focus on strategic and tactical legal counselling to internal legal, product, operations, and business teams in order to assess compliance with GDPR and applicable data protection laws, and to identify and mitigate legal risk in all phases of product development. The ideal candidate will have experience advising on GDPR and privacy regulatory compliance in respect of novel legal issues and products, good judgment, a strong work ethic, and a keen interest in learning about new technologies. Facebook welcomes applications from the widest range of individuals eligible to apply and particularly encourages applications from those who would increase the diversity of the company.
Lead Counsel-EU Data Protection Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with product and various business teams at all stages of product development to assess data protection compliance and to identify any potential legal risk and provide counseling on risk-mitigation
  • Analyse products, policies and initiatives to provide practical legal risk mitigation strategies for products across multiple jurisdictions
  • Monitor and respond to developments in data protection and relevant consumer laws (i.e., new laws, regulations, important judgements, regulatory guidance, etc.)
  • Provide full-service support to wider legal team on EU regulatory and litigation matters and liaising with regulators
  • Provide policy, legal, product, engineering, and other business teams with legal advice on data protection laws and regulations including for external communication, policy development, and enforcement decisions
Minimum Qualifications
  • Lawyer qualified to practice law in at least one European jurisdiction
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant post qualification legal experience, including at a law firm or prior in-house experience (applicable litigation, regulatory or more general product counselling experience will be considered)
  • In-depth knowledge of, and experience working on, legal issues in the area of data protection laws and the GDPR, including a solid understanding of the operation of online social media platforms
  • Excellent problem-solving, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • While we are open to candidates from all backgrounds, experience working with mobile, application development, eCommerce products, social networking, online advertising (B2B and B2C), machine learning, or other Internet technologies and a solid understanding of ad tech would be an advantage
  • Experience working directly with European Data Protection Authorities a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in fast-paced environment and provide pragmatic and considered advice under tight deadline
  • The working language for this role will be English - knowledge of, or fluency in, other European languages a plus
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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