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MasterCard Senior Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection in Shanghai, China

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Senior Counsel, Privacy & 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 its business strategy. As part of that commitment, Mastercard has established a world-class privacy program and is currently adding talent to its global team.

The Senior Counsel - Privacy & Data Protection will support both the strategy and the daily operations of Mastercard’s operations in China and the North Asia region. The role will be responsible for ensuring the roll-out and maintenance of a robust privacy and data protection program within Mastercard and its subsidiaries in China and the North Asia region. The role will provide day-to-day privacy support to the various business lines in Mastercard including processing, digital payments, cyber & intelligence solutions, loyalty solutions and marketing. The role will also involve reviewing and advising on data-related laws.

The position will be based in Shanghai, China, and will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection.


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 privacy and data-related laws, as well as industry best practices, including:

• Engaging with business teams in their development of processing, digital payments, cyber & intelligence solutions, loyalty solutions and marketing solutions, utilizing a privacy-by-design methodology

• Analyzing new and existing business initiatives that process personal information with the aim of identifying relevant privacy and data usage issues and the relevant process and infrastructure requirements to ensure compliance of such initiatives with applicable privacy and data protection laws in China and the North Asia region, and to ensure consistency with Mastercard’s global policies and standards

• Developing and implementing processes and controls that address applicable privacy and data protection requirements for China and the North Asia region including: access to data, managing privacy and data protection policies and notices, preparing and filing local regulatory registrations, and managing cardholder and government requests for data

• Reviewing data-related laws (new laws and changes to laws), and providing useful advice to business teams on the potential impact of these laws

• Increasing awareness among business clients and regional counsel colleagues regarding privacy and data protection laws in China and the North Asia region through training and other initiatives.

• Supporting region business counsel with the review and negotiation of applicable privacy and data protection language in agreements with affiliates, vendors, and customers.

• Be involved in new privacy and data-related regulatory developments that may impact Mastercard's operations in China and the North Asia region. Assist engagement with key policy makers and stakeholders to influence regulatory developments in those areas.

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

• Ensuring all activities comply with applicable privacy and data protection laws.

All About You:

• Law degree required

• Licensed to practice in one or more countries (if permitted by law)

• Any additional qualifications (e.g. CIPP certifications) is considered an asset

• Prior privacy and data protection related experience required

• Understanding and track record of dealing with data protection laws and requirements for the protection and processing of data in China and the North Asia region

• Familiarity with financial services industry and payment processing is preferred

• Strong analytic capabilities and an ability to work on complex regulatory and business problems. Attention to detail is a must

• Capability and eagerness to dive-deep into the technology, and work with product and operations and technology teams when applying privacy principles

• Ability to work with business on product development with privacy by design in mind

• Ability to collaborate with various types of stakeholders (business, lawyers, third parties such as customers and vendors);

• Superior time management, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to excel at multi-tasking in a fast paced environment

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven experience in relationship building and partnering. Must work well in both team and individual settings

• Fluent in both Mandarin and English

Due to COVID-19, most of our employees are working from home. We’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by phone or video and are onboarding new hires remotely. We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together.

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

Every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security. All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and therefore, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position 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-143996