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Data Privacy Counsel at Cognizant

Posted in Information Technology 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Teaneck, New Jersey

Job Description:

Cognizant seeks to recruit a Data Privacy Attorney with in-depth knowledge of United States federal and state regulations in particular, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, New York Cybersecurity Regulation, and data incident management, as part of its global privacy team to support the continued growth of Cognizant’s global operations. The global privacy team is comprised of privacy attorneys and subject matter experts located in India, Europe and the United States. You will work closely with the various business units based in North and South America, with particular emphasis on the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. This position will report to the Lead Privacy Counsel for the Americas and may be located anywhere across North America, either office-based or home-based.


The Senior Privacy Counsel for the Americas will be involved in the coordination and management of data privacy issues across the Americas and will work closely with the wider privacy team to draw on local legal knowledge around the globe. Although you will be part of the privacy team, all of our lawyers work closely with Cognizant’s legal teams located across the globe. Senior Privacy Counsel will collaborate with external counsel (as required) on issues of local law and practice.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Providing strategic advice and direction on product and service development privacy issues across the organization

  • Providing legal compliance support and advice to business and legal teams

  • Driving, developing and implementing privacy activities, projects and strategies

  • Management of key business partners to ensure their support of and alignment with the global privacy program’s objectives and requirements

  • Monitoring developments in regulatory and legislative change and advising the wider organization on necessary organizational changes required

  • Driving awareness and accountability throughout the organization toward greater business transparency and reinforcing trust from customers, business partners and consumers

  • Identifying, evaluating and managing risks in a way that enables the organization to deliver sustainable business growth

  • Reviewing and negotiating customer contracts and responding to customer privacy questionnaires and audits

  • Drafting, developing, implementing and maintaining Cognizant’s privacy policies, procedures, notices and guidelines and those of individual clients

  • Instructing and managing outside counsel on issues of local law and practice

  • In collaboration with greater team, develop data privacy training programs to support business teams, internal support functions and corporate development generally

  • Support growth of new business opportunities by analyzing privacy implications of new products and services and providing guidance on minimizing privacy compliance risk, and as needed, conducting privacy impact and risk assessments related thereto

  • Regularly reviewing and evaluating compliance processes to guarantee best in class methodology across all areas of the organization ensuring appropriate monitoring and auditing processes are effectively implemented


You will be a licensed lawyer with at least eight years’ experience in private practice or as in-house counsel, although professionals at all levels of experience with demonstrable ability to fill the role will be considered. Extensive data privacy knowledge and experience is essential both in terms of statutory/regulatory compliance, process and a commercial attitude; an interest in the technology industry and familiarity with cloud services is highly desirable. CIPP/CIPM/CIPT certification (or equivalent) is also highly desirable.


Skills that are necessary to fulfill the job successfully:

  • Fluent in English, both verbally and in writing; Spanish language skills are desirable

  • Ability to balance legal risks with commercial needs

  • Collaborative self-starter, comfortable working in team environment and independently

  • Excellent communicator and able to communicate effectively with people at all levels of our organization and within our clients; both oral and in drafting

  • Able to multitask with rapidly changing priorities and to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic environment

  • Flexible, strong and self-assured personality

  • Experience to operate within an international environment with a diversity of cultures

  • Possess analytical problem solving and project management skills

  • Commercial “customer service first” mentality


The role may require occasional travel within North America

Our strength is built on our ability to work together. Our diverse backgrounds offer different perspectives and new ways of thinking. It encourages lively discussions, inspires thought leadership, and helps us build better solutions for people. We want someone who thrives in this setting and is inspired to craft meaningful solutions through true collaboration.

If you’re comfortable with ambiguity, excited by change, and excel through autonomy, we’d love to hear from you.

Why choose Cognizant?

It takes a lot to succeed in today’s fast-paced market, and Cognizant Technology Solutions has become a leader in the industry. We love big ideas and even bigger dreams. We stand out because we put human experiences at the core.

We help clients engage customers by envisioning and building creative products and services. But we don’t stop there. We develop go-to-market strategies and invent entirely new business models, ensuring that every company we work with walks away with both inspiration and a plan.

Everything we do at Cognizant we do with passion—for our clients, our communities, and our organization. It’s the defining attribute that we look for in our people.