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Senior Privacy Counsel, EMEA

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Canva UK
Closing date
Full Time


Our flagship campus is in Sydney, Australia but we have a swanky new office in London that has all the bells and whistles. Even though you’ll find us in Shoreditch, you have choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you’re nearby) or at home or a bit of both, it’s up to you.

When you join our team in the UK, you’ll also be joining forces with Flourish, who were acquired by us in 2022. Flourish enables everyone to change the way they tell stories with data by creating rich, animated data visualizations and other interactive content that can be embedded anywhere – including in Canva!


Canva is seeking a Senior Privacy Counsel who will be primarily responsible for supporting Canva Group’s privacy goals across EMEA. The role will be part of the Privacy and Product Team and will support privacy goals across the business. You will play a key role in delivering our strategy to design anything and publish everywhere, and launching the next generation of exciting Canva Products.

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that’s all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you’ll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Supporting and advising on the compliance privacy strategies for Canva and its EMEA businesses.
  • Providing specialist privacy advice on compliance with EU/UK data protection laws and regulations.
  • Working closely with other Canva business functions to develop internal policies and programs to drive privacy awareness and compliance.
  • Assisting with the assessment and resolution of data incidents (we have an on-call roster).
  • Advising on privacy, including through the completion of Privacy Impact Assessments, Jira tickets and queries to our privacy channel.
  • Being the eyes and ears for the legal team and refer out matters to other legal specialities where required, including employment, commercial and intellectual property specialists.
  • Advising on data processing agreements with vendors, due diligence and high risk Transfer Impact Assessments.


  • You have a strong technical background, a deep understanding and demonstrated experience in EU/UK privacy regulations, and have been advising on privacy preferably at or for rapidly growing technology companies or a law firm with technology clients.
  • You have experience working in a global company with legal teams and stakeholders based in different jurisdictions. 
  • You have a good understanding of AI, are familiar with the DSA and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) preferred. 
  • You are excited to roll up your sleeves. You’re a “do-er” that can work in a fast paced environment and are able to find the answers if you don’t have them. 
  • You understand tech and want to learn more about what happens “under the hood” on complex data analytics, tracking, “martech” and data sharing processes.
  • You are a pragmatic, business minded lawyer who wants to help build our business.
  • You are risk aware, not risk averse, can work independently and have the confidence to make judgement calls in ambiguous situation.
  • You know the law, but are conscious of industry practices and enforcement trends. 
  • You are able to influence stakeholders to prioritise compliance and have experience doing this with leaders and stakeholders across areas such as product, engineering and education technology.
  • You are focussed on delivering projects even where this calls for you to go beyond the role of legal advisor and you’re not afraid to hustle other teams and individuals to get things done. 
  • You are a collaborative team player committed to working together to achieve business goals.

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.

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