Privacy Lead


March 10, 2021

San Francisco, CA 94103, US

Company Description

Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now. From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, see every side of the story. Join the open conversation, and collaborate with creative and curious people across the globe. “The whole world is watching Twitter. You don't go a day without hearing about Twitter, how it’s used as the fastest way to send a message to the world in an instant, how it carries some of the most important commentary and conversations, how it mobilizes people into action. That's powerful, it's valuable, it's fundamental.” - Jack Dorsey, CEO

Job Description

What You’ll Do:

We believe passion and personality matter; as such, we need leaders that can manage diverse, skilled, and driven engineers while balancing day to day people management with moving the business forward. As a VP of Privacy, you will lead and work closely with members of Security, Privacy, Trust and Safety, and IT teams to protect the public conversation.

What you’ll do:

  • Run privacy engineering

    • Collaboration - team whose primary focus is on working with the rest of the company (e.g. product design/engineering) to help them design and build products, systems, and tooling which respect the privacy of the people we serve, our employees, and the world. This team is a place to teach folks around the company how to build better and a forum for collaboration (hub and spoke model), as well as a reservoir for the kinds of specialized skills which are needed by many teams in small amounts (e.g. anonymization). This work should also fulfil regulatory and compliance goals, such as much of the process behind DPIAs required by GDPR. This also covers support for incident response, remediation, and red teaming.

    • Tooling - while I prefer not building tools if ones that exist will do or can be modified, some tooling, like for privacy review and data access, don’t tend to fit in with anything that exists. This usually needs a team, though it may well be shared with other respect disciplines like security/health/accessibility.

    • Infrastructure - privacy infrastructure largely tends to revolved around data governance, such as a centralized data registry, monitoring for data deletion, policy controls in data access and processing, anonymization, data portability infrastructure and the like. Some of that is usually best built by a privacy infrastructure team, some of it is best built by product and infrastructure teams in collaboration (e.g. the actual data deletion monitoring).

  • Bring together respect disciplines (e.g. privacy, health, security, accessibility, algorithmic fairness) to:

    • Present a unified and streamlined collaboration model with the other parts of the company (largely product design and engineering, but also areas such as marketing and HR which also benefit from help

    • Have an active council to handle the difficult problems in this field, where there is no right answer and a lot of tradeoffs (e.g. “should we be collecting more information to help fight this particular kind of abuse?”)

    • Build a unified strategy across these disciplines. The concerns of different people and teams in this space overlap quite a lot, but the systems and processes necessary to address them overlap more.

  • External-facing work. Spend time representing Twitter externally on issues of privacy engineering and respect, including:

    • Continuing to run conferences like PEPR and Enigma

    • Writing articles and giving talks

    • As-needed, representing Twitter to civil society/regulators/press

Additional Information
We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Twitter. Twitter is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected status.
San Francisco applicants: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.