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Facebook Lead Counsel, Privacy WhatsApp in Austin, Texas


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


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 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, with a focus on implementation of new global privacy laws and privacy compliance issues. This role will involve collaborating closely with internal legal, product, engineering, 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), and other privacy regulatory compliance matters. We are seeking a candidate who has experience advising on cutting-edge products, has strong judgment, communication skills, and a keen interest in learning about new technologies.

Required Skills:

  1. Apply subject matter expertise 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

  2. Monitor and respond to developments in data privacy and information security (new laws, regulations, important judgements and regulatory guidance)

  3. Work closely with other legal and non-legal teams to implement applicable new global privacy laws and regulations

  4. Manage internal privacy compliance programs and processes to ensure we meet our obligations under those programs

  5. Help guide privacy-forward product development and evaluate the impact of privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions

  6. 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

  7. Develop regulatory strategy with global privacy regulators in connection with new product features and initiatives and maintain Facebook’s ongoing privacy-by-design processes

  8. Help to develop and conduct general and role-specific privacy trainings across Facebook

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. J.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) and membership in at least one US state bar

  2. 5+ years of legal experience, including at a law firm and/or in-house experience

  3. Experience advising on privacy, regulatory and/or privacy compliance matters

  4. Business judgment and client counseling experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with global privacy laws, regulations, and industry guidelines, especially including those relevant for social media and Internet companies

  2. In-house experience as applicable, in litigation, regulatory, or product counseling

  3. Project management experience on complex legal projects and strong communication and presentation skills

  4. Experience leading and advancing projects in a multi-stakeholder environment

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.