Senior Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection

Legal Seattle, Washington


Ekata, a Mastercard company, is the global standard in identity verification, providing businesses worldwide the ability to link any digital transaction to the human behind it. Our Ekata Identity Engine, the first and only of its kind, uses complex machine learning to combine features derived from the billions of transactions within our proprietary network and the data from our graph to deliver industry leading risk assessment solutions.

As part of its commitment to privacy, Ekata is adding a Senior Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection to our team. This Senior Counsel will lead Ekata’s privacy program while collaborating closely with Ekata legal, product, engineering, and security teams to ensure compliance of Ekata products and contracts with existing and emerging privacy and data-related laws applicable to fraud and identity verification.  This position will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions at Mastercard with a “dotted line” into the Ekata CFO. This position will be a member of the Ekata legal team sitting in “parallel” to the commercial legal team and will be part of the Global Mastercard Privacy & Data Protection team.

To be successful, you will need the ability to think and act both strategically and tactically with respect to the needs of business clients and their objectives while ensuring that Ekata remains compliant with privacy and data-related laws. You must be abreast of technologies related to fraud and identity verification.  

As a Senior Counsel, you will:

  • Provide day-to-day privacy advice to the Ekata product and sales teams as well as the commercial legal team. The person will ensure Ekata’s products are developed and sold/contracted in compliance with global privacy & data-related laws applicable to fraud and identity verification.
  • Lead integration effort for Ekata to fully align with Mastercard’s privacy and data protection policies and procedures, including among other things performing Data Protection Impact Assessments in line with Mastercard’s Privacy by Design process.
  • Develop Ekata privacy policies that address data usage as well as privacy and data protection requirements, all in the context of Mastercard’s global privacy and data protection standards
  • Develop contract structures that address data usage as well as privacy and data protection requirements and lead the review and negotiation of applicable privacy and data protection language in Ekata agreements with customers and vendors
  • Monitor regulatory and legislative developments pertaining to fraud and identity verification and support the engagement with key policymakers and stakeholders to influence developments in that space.
  • Provide regular training and updates about privacy, fraud, and identity to the global privacy, legal, business, and sales teams to ensure compliance with emerging laws and regulations.
  • Be an “external” voice for Ekata, speaking at conferences, tradeshows, regulatory meetings, etc.

Our ideal Senior Counsel will have:

  • Law degree required. Membership to a Bar. Any additional qualifications, such as Master of Laws/Juris Doctorate or privacy certification (e.g. CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPT) considered an asset.
  • 6+ years expertise in and track record dealing with global privacy, data protection, and data-related regulatory frameworks, including advice on product development and contract negotiation
  • Solid knowledge of data protection law, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Protection Act
  • Track record of building and leading strong teams
  • Good understanding of fraud and identity verification technologies and passion for technological advancements in this space
  • Familiarity with the financial services industry and payment processing is a plus
  • Superior time management, planning, and organizational skills
  • 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. Must work well in both team and individual settings.
  • Ability to motivate and influence highly skilled professionals to achieve major organizational goals

This role is based in our global headquarters, Seattle, WA.

Unwavering in our pursuit of standardizing global identity data, we are approachable, real people that genuinely care about the success of those we partner with. With a commitment to service, innovation, and ownership, Ekata is a dynamic place to work for folks who want to make an impact on a global scale. Headquartered in downtown Seattle, Ekata is growing internationally with offices in Budapest, Amsterdam, and Singapore. To learn more about the experience of working at Ekata, visit: https://ekata.com/careers/.

Ekata prides itself on celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and being an equal-opportunity employer.

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