Data Protection German Counsel - Hamburg/Berlin

(Hamburg, Germany – Berlin, Germany)

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share, and make the world more open and connected. Through our growing family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that helps billions of people around the world connect and share what matters most to them. Whether we’re creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to make the world more open and accessible. Connecting the world takes every one of us—and we’re just getting started.

Facebook seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced international Data Protection lawyer to join its team in Germany. This position is an outstanding opportunity for any candidate that thrives on tackling some of todays toughest legal challenges in this cutting edge area of law. This is a unique opportunity to join a progressive company and growing legal team and work on issues in an exciting, fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will be an expert in this field of law at both a German and European level. The position requires application of complex and evolving legal frameworks to new and innovative services. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and to work on novel issues in an exciting, fast-paced environment. This position is based in Germany in Facebook’s Berlin or Hamburg offices.


  • Reporting to the Head of Data Protection, Facebook Ireland and working closely on a cross functional basis with other Facebook commercial, consumer, competition, litigation and data protection and privacy lawyers to advise on compliance with European data protection law.
  • Represent Facebook in regulatory engagements including with local data protection authorities, international regulators and other external audiences.
  • Provide bespoke legal advice to teams from Policy, Engineering, Product Management, Advertising, Marketing and Communications from the initial stages of product development to market launch.
  • Advise Facebook’s product and commercial lawyers on a wide range of technology, data protection and related data security, consumer protection and privacy questions.
  • Contribute to and provide data protection training and awareness programs.
  • Monitor and respond to developments in privacy and information security (i.e., new laws, regulations, important judgements, regulatory guidance, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Qualified to practice law in a European member state, preferably Germany. Ideally, at least 6 years experience after successful completion of 2nd State Exam in Germany, (but will consider other / comparable experience), with significant in-depth and related experience. Such experience should include providing practical advice on European data protection and privacy issues to organizations in the technology and social media sphere.
  • Law degree with strong academic record.
  • A demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced hard working environment and to make sound judgments and smart decisions enabling the completion of several simultaneous projects to tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an absolute commitment to professionalism and collegiality.
  • Accuracy and strong drafting ability that can be used in a commercial setting with business stakeholders.
  • First rate technical abilities with a strong knowledge of and interest in emerging technologies and devices with a demonstrated ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to business issues and provide concise and business-focused legal advice.
  • Flexibility and eagerness to work on a broad range of legal matters.
  • A willingness to travel.
  • Fluency in English and German (both written and spoken).

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