Software Engineer, Privacy

Lyft San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 3 months ago

At Lyft, community is what we are and it's what we do. It's what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization where all team members are recognized for what they bring.

Lyft's Privacy team is comprised of engineers and analysts dedicated to ensuring appropriate data protections are applied to our drivers and passengers data. The mission of Privacy Engineering is to build technology and guidelines to ensure Lyft collects, stores, validates usage, and provides access to data in ways that align with our privacy policies and laws, with the goal of building trust with our customers.


  • Design, build, and maintain systems that enhance privacy across the organization

  • Advocate for user privacy throughout the organization, consult engineering teams throughout the software development life-cycle and escalate potential privacy concerns

  • Write well-crafted, well-tested, readable, maintainable code

  • Help lead large projects from idea to positive execution

  • Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and distribute knowledge

  • Share knowledge by giving brown bags, tech talks, and evangelizing appropriate tech and engineering best practices

You will help on

  • Build systems to attach personal data annotations to various data sets

  • Build systems to redact personal data from data stores, logs and APIs

  • Build systems so users can exercise their privacy rights

  • Build systems for auditing and compliance maintenance

  • Build access control systems to a diverse set of services at Lyft

  • Partner with teams across Lyft on organizational initiatives

Experience & Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in software engineering

  • Proficiency in object-oriented programming languages (e.g. Python, Java, Go)

  • Proficiency in databases, including analytical (e.g. DynamoDB, Redis, Hive, etc)

  • Experience developing distributed systems

  • Experience working with cross-functional stakeholders (Compliance, Legal, Product)

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced startup environment

  • Ability to write thorough, scalable, and clear design documentation

Set Yourself Apart

  • Prior Privacy or Security experience a plus

  • Passion for user privacy rights or transportation industry

  • Experience with ML techniques or statistical modeling a big plus

  • Contributions to the community (open source software, bug bounty programs, public research, blogging, presentations)

Lyft is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Lyft does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Lyft also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other similar state laws and local ordinances, and its internal policy, Lyft will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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