Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy

Cloudflare

  • Full Time
About Us

At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal: to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers approximately 25 million Internet properties, for customers ranging from individual bloggers to SMBs to Fortune 500 companies. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare all have web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures list and ranked among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. 

We realize people do not fit into neat boxes. We are looking for curious and empathetic individuals who are committed to developing themselves and learning new skills, and we are ready to help you do that. We cannot complete our mission without building a diverse and inclusive team. We hire the best people based on an evaluation of their potential and support them throughout their time at Cloudflare. Come join us! 

What you'll do

Ensuring the privacy of personal information is core to Cloudflare’s mission to help build a better Internet, and we’re looking for an experienced privacy attorney to Cloudflare navigate the complicated challenges of processing personal data amid an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Our legal team helps the company deal with complex matters by anticipating complications and distractions, and guiding the company around those obstacles. Our new privacy counsel team member will help foster our unique corporate philosophy and approach, in which the security and privacy of our customers’ data are paramount. We are looking for an exceptionally talented, energetic and friendly privacy attorney to join our legal team based in either Washington, D.C., San Francisco, or Austin. This position is not available for remote work. You must be based in, or willing to relocate to one of the listed cities. This role is ideal for someone who is a proactive self-starter and strategic thinker, who has a thirst for knowledge and continued growth, all while working as part of a great team. This position reports to Cloudflare’s Senior Associate General Counsel (Head of Product, Privacy & IP) and Data Protection Officer. As part of the job, you will: 

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on global data protection laws and work collaboratively across multiple functions to advise on the impact of data protection laws or changes to such laws on Cloudflare’s business. In particular, you will focus on privacy and data protection laws in the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, and Asia, but a foundational understanding of the EU’s GDPR is required.
  • Oversee implementation of Cloudflare’s Privacy by Design policy with product teams and serve as the main escalation point for product counsel on product privacy questions
  • Partner with Cloudflare’s Public Policy and Communications teams on crafting Cloudflare’s public messaging on privacy and data protection
  • Responsible for analyzing new privacy legislation and assessing impact and risk to Cloudflare’s business
  • Conduct privacy impact assessments, help maintain records of processing activities, and help manage other internal privacy compliance programs and processes to ensure we meet our obligations under those programs
  • Create and contribute to playbooks and FAQ libraries for various teams to ensure they have the most current privacy guidance  
  • Assist with escalations from commercial legal team on data processing addendums and similar contractual language under global privacy laws
  • Assist Trust & Safety counsel on any conflict of law issues that arise with respect to third party legal requests for personal data

Examples of desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • JD degree with strong academic credentials and admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction 
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant legal experience counseling a global company on international privacy and data protection issues, preferably with time in-house at a technology company with established privacy compliance protocols
  • Expert knowledge of global privacy and data protection laws, regulations and compliance regimes at all levels, including familiarity with industry-specific regimes 
  • Experience counseling product teams on privacy by design and working with product teams on data privacy and data protection controls
  • Solution-oriented business and legal counselor with a growth mindset and strong sense of humor
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, organization, leadership, and project management skills, including a strong desire and ability to make complex topics understandable for various audiences
  • Demonstrated ability and strong desire to effectively advise, develop relationships, and work collaboratively with stakeholders across teams to establish effective solutions efficiently and in an amenable manner
  • Experience prioritizing work and providing advice under deadlines
  • Ability to draft documents, policies, messages and anything else in a very precise manner, while still being concise and digestible for non-lawyers 
  • Technical expertise and an understanding of the way that the Internet, and companies like Cloudflare, operate is a plus

What Makes Cloudflare Special?

We’re not just a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company. We’re a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company with a soul. Fundamental to our mission to help build a better Internet is protecting the free and open Internet.

Project Galileo: We equip politically and artistically important organizations and journalists with powerful tools to defend themselves against attacks that would otherwise censor their work, technology already used by Cloudflare’s enterprise customers–at no cost.

Athenian Project: We created Athenian Project to ensure that state and local governments have the highest level of protection and reliability for free, so that their constituents have access to election information and voter registration.

Path Forward Partnership: Since 2016, we have partnered with Path Forward, a nonprofit organization, to create 16-week positions for mid-career professionals who want to get back to the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or loved one.

1.1.1.1: We released 1.1.1.1 to help fix the foundation of the Internet by building a faster, more secure and privacy-centric public DNS resolver. This is available publicly for everyone to use – it is the first consumer-focused service Cloudflare has ever released. Here’s the deal – we don’t store client IP addresses never, ever. We will continue to abide by our privacy commitment and ensure that no user data is sold to advertisers or used to target consumers.

Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? We’d love to hear from you!

This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws, including the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Please note that any offer of employment may be conditioned on your authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export laws without sponsorship for an export license.

Cloudflare is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and place great value in both diversity and inclusiveness.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to their, or any other person's, perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. We are an AA/Veterans/Disabled Employer.

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