Senior Privacy Program Manager

  • Mercury - Banking for Startups
  • San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Portland, OR, or Remote within Canada or United States
  • Feb 02, 2024

Job Description

In the late 19th century, new technologies, such as portable cameras and mass-circulation newspapers, raised concerns about the invasion of personal privacy.

Warren and Brandeis, both prominent lawyers, co-authored the article, “The Right to Privacy,” which was published in the Harvard Law Review in 1890. In it, they argued that individuals had a legal right to be protected from the intrusive activities of the press and the emerging field of "yellow journalism." They emphasized the idea that individuals should be able to enjoy their personal space and solitude without unwarranted intrusion.

The article articulated the concept of the "right to be let alone" as a fundamental human right, and it laid the foundation for the modern right to privacy. Warren and Brandeis argued that this right was an extension of existing legal principles and should be recognized and protected by the law.

The influence of "The Right to Privacy" extended beyond legal academia. In 1890, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts cited the article in a decision that recognized the right to privacy as a legal concept. Over time, the idea gained traction in legal circles, and by the early 20th century, it had begun to shape privacy laws and court decisions.

The Warren and Brandeis article is considered a landmark in the history of privacy, contributing to the development of privacy as a legal right. The "right to be let alone" laid the groundwork for subsequent legal doctrines and statutes that recognize and protect individuals' privacy from unwarranted intrusion, forming the basis for privacy laws that continue to evolve to this day.

Today privacy programs govern the way data is collected, and used and how we safeguard it while it's in our possession. Safeguarding privacy stands as a paramount social concern in our era, and we bear a responsibility to individuals and businesses worldwide that place their trust in us with their data.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing our privacy program to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and safeguarding sensitive information. The Privacy Program Manager will play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining robust privacy policies, procedures, and initiatives across the organization. While this role sits in the information security department

As part of the journey, we would expect you to:

  • Develop and update comprehensive privacy policies and procedures
  • Implement and enforce privacy policies throughout the organization
  • Stay abreast of privacy laws and regulations to ensure organizational compliance
  • Conduct privacy impact assessments and audits to identify and address compliance gaps
  • Raise awareness of privacy best practices throughout the organization
  • Develop and oversee an incident response plan for privacy breaches
  • Evaluate and manage privacy risks associated with third-party vendors
  • Implement data mapping initiatives to track the flow of personal information

Some things that might make you successful in a role like this:

  • Deep understanding of privacy laws and regulations
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • A genuine passion for privacy and a commitment to upholding the highest standards of data protection
  • Care deeply about the founders and entrepreneurs that we serve, having a strong commitment to the privacy of their data
  • Be comfortable communicating requirements at a technical level

The total rewards package at Mercury includes base salary, equity (stock options), and benefits.

Our salary and equity ranges are highly competitive within the SaaS and fintech industry and are updated regularly using the most reliable compensation survey data for our industry. New hire offers are made based on a candidate’s experience, expertise, geographic location, and internal pay equity relative to peers.

Our target new hire base salary ranges for this role are the following:

  • US employees in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles or San Francisco: $188,500 - 221,800
  • US employees outside of New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles or San Francisco: $169,700 - 199,600
  • Canadian employees (any location): CAD 171,500 - 201,800

Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC.