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Sr Legal Counsel, Privacy/Cybersecurity in Shanghai at PayPal

Date Posted: 4/5/2020

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 305 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal is seeking a high caliber, multi-talented and energetic lawyer to provide world-class privacy and cybersecurity legal advice as a member of PayPal’s Global Privacy and Chinese legal teams. The Senior Legal Counsel - Privacy & Cybersecurity position will work closely with legal and business colleagues who support PayPal’s existing and expanded presence in China. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and apply your privacy and data protection knowledge, expertise and passion in a collaborative, fast-paced and engaging setting that continuously strives for excellence, customer satisfaction, compliance, innovation, and industry leadership at a dynamic time in privacy, payments, and PayPal.


  • Serve as a key subject matter expert and advisor to PayPal lawyers and business units on privacy and data protection issues in China, as well as other select jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region as necessary. 
  • Draft and negotiate the privacy and data protection aspects of agreements ranging from professional services, development, and supplier agreements with various merchants, partners and vendors.
  • Advise business leaders and operational teams on matters involving the processing of personal data to help maintain compliant privacy and data protection practices across PayPal products and services.
  • Provide training to legal colleagues to help them advise their clients regarding privacy and data protection issues, as well as develop and maintain guidelines, playbooks, templated terms, and other resources.
  • Coordinate with regional lawyers to evaluate and, where appropriate, help design products, services and technologies for compliance with Chinese data privacy and cybersecurity regulations.
  • Collaborate with Compliance colleagues, the Global Privacy Office and PayPal’s International Data Protection Officer (DPO) to develop, enhance and implement the PayPal Global Privacy Framework in China.  
  • Support the Global Privacy Office in the continued development and implementation of the Data Privacy Impact Assessment, Data Subject Rights and Complaints programs.
  • Advise on new and emerging legal and regulatory developments impacting data privacy and data security, including identifying trends and potential impacts on business activities.
  • Understand and advise on the privacy and data protection legal requirements applicable to complex data flows across the data lifecycle.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with government relations teams to proactively monitor and review privacy and data-protection related legislation and guidance in order to help ensure accurate and up-to-date inventories of all legal obligations and that appropriate controls are implemented.

Skills & Experience:  Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate experience and competence with the following:

  • Demonstrable privacy, data protection, and program management skills and expertise, with an emphasis on financial, employee privacy and cybersecurity laws, particularly those laws promulgated and enforced by the People’s Bank of China, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Cyberspace Administration of China is required.
  • Experience providing risk-based and pragmatic resolution of outstanding privacy and data protection aspects of commercial negotiations, leveraging in a quick, concise and commercially focused legal advice.
  • In-depth knowledge of cutting-edge IT, web, mobile, and payment ecosystem technologies (especially those used in the collection, storage and analysis of data) and their privacy and data security implications.
  • Familiarity with, and strong interest in, financial services technology, mobile and alternative payments, as well as emerging technology.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to tolerate change and ambiguity. 
  • Global thinker and demonstrated collaborator, who displays sound and pragmatic legal and business judgment in providing practical advice to clients on privacy and data protection issues.
  • Ability to translate legal advice into actionable policies, processes and programs that enable business objectives.
  • Facility with a team-based approach to subject matter management and knowledge sharing, and comfort with a flexible, agile environment that emphasizes collaboration and team performance over management hierarchy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team, to effectively coach and mentor others (including non-attorneys), and a sense of humor and resiliency, especially under tight deadlines and while managing multiple priorities.

Qualifications:  In addition to the above Skills & Experience, candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience practicing either in-house (or in an equivalent setting) or at a reputable law firm.
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree.  Fully qualified/licensed lawyer in China.
  • Ability to speak fluent English and Chinese required. 
  • Exceptional writing skills, with attention to detail and ability to generate creative original drafted documents.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate and help non-experts understand applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Experience advising clients in the financial services, mobile payments, internet and technology industries preferred.

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at