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MasterCard Senior 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.

Job Title

Senior Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection


• Mastercard is committed to balancing innovation while protecting individual privacy and has embraced 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 privacy program and is adding talent to our global team.

• The Senior Counsel role will ensure compliance with global privacy and data protection laws while enabling data-driven innovation, with particular focus on supporting strategic transactions globally, including acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures.

• The position will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, and will serve as a member of both the Global Privacy & Data Protection team and the Law & Policy team.

• The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and act both strategically and tactically with respect to the needs of business clients and their objectives while ensuring that the corporation remains compliant with global privacy and data-related laws, as well as industry best practices.


• Engage with cross-functional stakeholders to conduct legal due diligence on target companies and their products and services, from a data, privacy and cybersecurity perspective. Among other things this involves reviewing the target companies’ customer agreements (including data processing agreements), privacy policies and documentation practices, and overall data practices—among others relating to personal data, data transfers, cookie usage, profiling, usage rights, anonymization, retention, and employees.

• Develop a deep understanding of target companies’ data processing activities and privacy & cybersecurity compliance postures.

• Identify business and technical requirements resulting from potential synergy solutions and product integrations, and provide preliminary guidance on how to design and implement the required controls to adhere to privacy, cyber and data protection laws.

• Educate the business on privacy, data and cybersecurity developments and controls for the further development of target companies’ products and services.

• Update a range of stakeholders including senior management and executives on identified privacy and cybersecurity compliance gaps and potential remedial measures.

• Develop a comprehensive roadmap for the integration of acquired companies including proposed synergies and expansion into new markets.

• Negotiate relevant terms in legal and contractual documentation including representations, warranties, covenants, and indemnities.

• Support as needed other transaction-related efforts such as securing representation and warranty insurance.

All About You

• JD from an accredited law school and admitted to and in good standing with at least one bar (as appropriate/required).

• Expertise in global privacy and data regulatory laws and frameworks, including GLBA, CCPA, and GDPR.

• Familiarity with emerging technologies and associated privacy and cybersecurity implications.

• Strong analytic capabilities and written and oral communication skills. Attention to detail is a must.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven experience in relationship building and partnering with legal, business, and technical colleagues.

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

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

• Deep understanding of Mastercard products and services, or financial services in general.

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-178630