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Senior Counsel/Legal Director, Privacy & Data Protection Officer

Irvine, CA

SEGA... What do you think of when you hear that word? Do you think of the console with the iconic, harmonized voice fire ups or do you think of the countless gaming hits from Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, or the Persona series?...


When we think of SEGA, we think of its evolution as a pioneer in the video game market to one of the most prominent video game developers and publishers ever! Globally, SEGA has over 5,000 employees passionately working to bring the best gaming entertainment to players around the planet. We have one of, if not the richest, portfolio of original IPs something we are very proud of and excited about as the market continues to change.


New streaming technologies and shifts in the retail landscape are well poised for what will be the most disruptive and innovative time in our industry. Our IP strategy positions us well for this, and we are enthusiastic about the future!


There's never been a more exciting time in the company's history to join SEGA!


Sega of America (Sega) is seeking a talented attorney to oversee its privacy and data protection legal matters and serve as Sega’s Data Protection Officer (DPO), reporting to Sega’s EVP, Head of Legal & Business Affairs. We may hire a Sr Counsel or at the Director level depending on experience level.

The successful candidate will provide privacy and data protection counseling, advice, and support for cross-functional teams (e.g., Mobile, Ad Monetization, Game Production, Marketing, Legal, Privacy & Compliance, and other business teams) and across regions (U.S., Japan, Europe) to successfully execute company initiatives and mitigate legal risk.  


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and investigate key privacy and data elements affecting Sega’s business. 
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and maintenance of company-wide governance framework and legal compliance related to privacy, data protection, and information security matters. 
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for privacy and data protection queries in the business. 
  • Collaborate with key internal stakeholders located in U.S., Japan and Europe to provide strategic, practical, and business-oriented privacy law counsel and guidance in the design, development, marketing, and monetization of our products and services. 
  • Review, draft, and negotiate privacy and data protection contracts and provisions. 
  • Oversee the completion of privacy impact assessments. 
  • Develop and deliver privacy trainings to various business functions and raise employee awareness of data privacy and security issues. 
  • Stay up to date on changes in applicable laws, regulations, and policies.  
  • Manage other privacy personnel.
  • Any other tasks and responsibilities as determined by Sega.  

Qualifications and Skills:

  • J.D. degree and active membership in at least one US state bar, with a preference for California.  
  • 6+ years (10+ years for Legal Director) of relevant legal experience as a practicing attorney, including at a law firm or in-house, counseling on data privacy and protection laws (including COPPA, CCPA, other state and federal privacy and consumer protection laws, GDPR).
  • Experience advising business executives on privacy legal risks and mitigations related to design, development, marketing, and monetization of products.
  • Sound business judgment and practical counseling skills.
  • Strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with global privacy laws, regulations, and industry guidelines relevant to video games.
  • Experience working cross-functionally to advance projects in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience working with international teams. 
  • Privacy certification (CIPP/US, CIPP/E). 

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $220,000.00 - $260,000.00 Salary

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