International Association of Privacy Professionals
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The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is a not-for-profit, non-advocacy membership association founded in 2000. It provides a forum for privacy professionals to share best practices, track trends, advance privacy management issues, standardize the designations for privacy professionals and provide education and guidance on opportunities in the field of information privacy. The IAPP offers a full suite of educational and professional development services, including privacy training, certification programs, publications and annual conferences.
The IAPP claims to be the world’s largest association for the information privacy professionals, with more than 20,000 members in 83 countries, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Initiated in 2000, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) was originally constituted as the Privacy Officers Association (POA). In 2002 it became the International Association of Privacy Officers (IAPO) when the POA merged with a competing group, the Association of Corporate Privacy Officers (ACPO). The group was renamed to the International Association of Privacy Professionals in 2003 to reflect a broadened mission to include the ranks of corporate personnel, beyond the position of Chief Privacy Officer, engaged in privacy-related tasks.
Membership reached 10,000 in 2012 and expanded rapidly by another 13,000 over the next 3 years. Half of its members are women.
The IAPP is responsible for developing and launching the only globally recognized credentialing programs in information privacy: the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and the Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). The IAPP maintains a common body of knowledge for each certification and achieving a certification demonstrates mastery of a principles-based framework and knowledge base of the subject matter.
Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) The CIPP is the first-ever certification offered in information privacy. It has four concentrations, each focused on a specific region or sector (Canada, Europe, U.S. private-sector and U.S. government).
Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) The CIPM demonstrates understanding of the operational aspects of privacy program management.
Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) The CIPT demonstrates understanding of how to manage and build privacy requirements into technology.
Continuing Privacy Education In order to maintain certification, the IAPP requires 10 hours of continuing privacy education (CPE) per year.
The IAPP provides privacy training worldwide for individuals and corporations. Privacy training courses are based on the body of knowledge for the IAPP certification programs. Training is available live and online.
The IAPP produces original research through the IAPP Westin Research Center. Two privacy scholars are selected each year for a fellowship to work on privacy research projects under the guidance of the IAPP’s vice president of research and education. Topics are selected with a view of supporting the growth and development of the privacy profession and furthering understanding of the major privacy issues. Research projects include:
The FTC Casebook
Privacy Industry Index (PII)
Privacy Professionals Salary Survey
The IAPP carries out regular surveys of its own members.
IAPP-EY Annual Privacy Governance Report 2015
The IAPP holds seven annual conferences:
Privacy. Security. Risk. (P.S.R.), is presented by the IAPP in conjunction with the Cloud Security Alliance every fall, covering cross-educational topics for the privacy and information security communities.
The IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium is held in Toronto in May, covering topics of specific interest to Canadian privacy professionals.
The IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress, held in Brussels in late fall, covers topics related to policy and regulation in Europe.
The Practical Privacy Series provides day-long educational programs in Washington, DC each December on operational issues facing privacy professionals. At least one program is specific to professionals working in the U.S. government.
IAPP Asia Privacy Forum is held in Singapore each spring, covering topics of specific interest to the Singaporean and greater Asia-Pacific privacy community.
The Privacy Advisor, the IAPP’s publication provides news, reporting on legal developments and analysis of rules and privacy practices.
The Privacy Perspectives blog includes opinion and insight from around the globe.
The Privacy Tracker blog follows legislative developments and provides guidance and analysis of how legislation impacts privacy practitioners.
The Privacy Tech blog covers privacy-enhancing technology and the technical implementation of privacy.
These publications are filtered through the Daily Dashboard, a daily clipping service, and regional digests covering Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
The IAPP recognizes individuals and organizations who are furthering the privacy profession through three annual awards programs.
The HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards recognize unique programs and services that integrate privacy in such a way that elevates its value as both a competitive differentiator and a centerpiece of customer and citizen trust. Awards are given in three categories: large organization (5,000 or more employees), small organization (fewer than 5,000 employees) and technology.
The IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award recognizes individuals who show exceptional leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection, whether through spearheading projects or programs that positively impact the profession or through achievements over the course of an entire tenure or career.
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