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MasterCard Assistant General Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection in Purchase, New York

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion ( for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

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Assistant General Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection


Mastercard is committed to driving innovation by prioritizing individual privacy, data protection and Corporate Data Responsibility. We embrace privacy and data protection as core to the successful execution of our business strategy. As part of that commitment, Mastercard has established a world-class international privacy program and is currently adding talent to its Global Privacy & Data Protection team.

The Assistant General Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection will be responsible for overseeing our Global Privacy Program relating to Data Analytics, Loyalty and Privacy Engineering. The role will be supported by a team of privacy and data professionals and will report into our Chief Privacy Officer.


• Provide vision, leadership, management to a team of lawyers and professionals to enable them to create processes, documentation and tools to ensure privacy and data-related compliance is built into all our products and services

• Provide strategic guidance on product and infrastructure design, identifying business and technical infrastructure requirements and controls to enable compliance with privacy and data laws, including regional, federal and state laws on privacy, online advertising, anonymization, data localization and AI. Work with business and technical teams to assist implementation while enabling business innovation.

• Enable the development of innovative data analytics products and services through Privacy by Design methodology; conduct Data Protection Impact Assessments and other risk assessment activity as needed.

• Handle complex negotiations with key customers, partners and vendors, to ensure privacy compliance as well as to secure data use rights.

• Review anonymized and de-identified environments globally, including by: ensuring the integrity of each environment through constant interaction with data analysts, engineers, and infrastructure teams; maintaining up to date documentation on end-to-end data flows.

• Monitor and analyze emerging privacy and data laws and prepare regular executive updates identifying potential impacts for Mastercard and our customers.

• Develop and implement advocacy strategy to shape new privacy and data laws impacting how data is collected, used, transferred and protected.

• Advise on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies and anonymization techniques, and any novel tools/technologies that facilitate privacy-friendly analytics.

• Engage with the organization on privacy and data-related matters, e.g. through employee training and through raising employee awareness about new regulatory or industry developments.

• Manage a team of privacy and data professionals, and partner with Law and Policy colleagues to ensure alignment and consistency.

All About You

• Admitted as a lawyer in relevant jurisdiction. Any additional post-graduate qualifications or certifications (e.g. IAPP) considered an asset

• Post-qualification experience

• Demonstrated experience and technical familiarity with data analytics, computer science, and/or mathematics preferred (e.g., STEM degree).

• Expertise in and track record dealing with global privacy and data-related regulatory frameworks; solid knowledge of GLBA and GDPR.

• Experience with differential privacy, synthetic data, and other privacy-enhancing technologies strongly preferred.

• Experience managing teams and collaborating across a wide range of business, engineering and legal stakeholders to drive initiatives through to conclusion

• Exposure to C-suites in global organisations

• A risk-based mindset able to succinctly identify critical areas of concern and construct legally-compliant, commercially-viable solutions

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience distilling complex legal and technical issues into clear, concise messaging to a wide variety of audiences including executive leadership

• Superior time management, planning, and organizational skills, with strong analytic capabilities. Attention to detail is a must.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven experience in relationship building and partnering.

• Ability to motivate and influence highly skilled professionals to achieve major organizational goals

COVID-19 Considerations

In many locations, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in our NYC offices, as required by law, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be permitted inside Mastercard offices unless a reasonable accommodation has been approved in advance.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Requisition ID: R-177899