Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering

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POST DATE 8/11/2016
END DATE 12/1/2016

Palantir Technologies Washington, DC

Company
Palantir Technologies
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
ebda09cf-8503-41e0-a60f-ed7070de1aca
AJE Ref #
575846372
Location
Washington, DC
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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At Palantir, protecting privacy and civil liberties is a core commitment. We do not believe that a Palantir product is successful if it cannot be used in a way that protects privacy and civil liberties. As more governments and industries demand our technology, we find ourselves operating in increasingly complex legal regimes and often facing novel privacy and civil liberties questions. Palantir s Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering team is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers, philosophers, and engineers who look for engineering solutions to legal and policy challenges. This internship will provide opportunities to develop new technologies and policies that will be used by actual Palantir customers. Examples of past intern projects include: * Developing a tool for dynamically applying data minimization transforms (hashing, character masking, generalization, etc.) to data returned by database queries * Implementing audit logging and audit analytics capabilities to support oversight and accountability * Building a web UI for complex data retention and deletion workflows that facilitate compliance with privacy and data protection regulations * Researching law and policy in countries around the world and advising customers on how to use Palantir's capabilities to facilitate compliance with those requirements We are seeking, first and foremost, individuals with a passion for the protection of privacy and civil liberties. We also want problem solvers: people who think creatively about solutions that mitigate privacy and civil liberties concerns while still capturing the benefits of a new technology or dataset. You need to have strong communications skills that enable you to explain legal concepts to engineers and engineering concepts to lawyers in ways that everyone can understand. At Palantir, protecting privacy and civil liberties is a core commitment. We do not believe that a Palantir product is successful if it cannot be used in a way that protects privacy and civil liberties. As more governments and industries demand our technology, we find ourselves operating in increasingly complex legal regimes and often facing novel privacy and civil liberties questions.

Palantir s Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering team is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers, philosophers, and engineers who look for engineering solutions to legal and policy challenges. This internship will provide opportunities to develop new technologies and policies that will be used by actual Palantir customers. Examples of past intern projects include:

* Developing a tool for dynamically applying data minimization transforms (hashing, character masking, generalization, etc.) to data returned by database queries
* Implementing audit logging and audit analytics capabilities to support oversight and accountability
* Building a web UI for complex data retention and deletion workflows that facilitate compliance with privacy and data protection regulations
* Researching law and policy in countries around the world and advising customers on how to use Palantir's capabilities to facilitate compliance with those requirements

We are seeking, first and foremost, individuals with a passion for the protection of privacy and civil liberties. We also want problem solvers: people who think creatively about solutions that mitigate privacy and civil liberties concerns while still capturing the benefits of a new technology or dataset. You need to have strong communications skills that enable you to explain legal concepts to engineers and engineering concepts to lawyers in ways that everyone can understand.
Requirements
* Advanced level Computer Science coursework, including in algorithms and data structures; experience with Java and/or web technologies a plus

* Demonstrated equivalent technical aptitude

* Demonstrated interest in and understanding of privacy and civil liberties law and policy; conversant with PCL-related current events and legal developments

* Strong written and oral communications skills

* Ability and desire to collaborate with others to craft practical solutions to legal, policy, and/or ethical challenges

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Palantir is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.