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Established in 2000, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is not-for-profit, policy-neutral, professional association with a mission to define, support and improve the data protection profession globally. Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Brussels, Belgium, the IAPP currently has additional staff in over a dozen other countries and more than 50'000+ individual members in 100+ countries around the world. It provides privacy and data protection training, certification, publication, research, events and networking opportunities for its members.

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Under U.S. law, not-for-profit entities do not have owners or shareholders. To be economically viable, not-for-profit entities still need to maintain profitability  or find alternative means of financing, but in the absence of owners they do not distribute their earnings, instead using them to generate organic growth. The IAPP continues to grow robustly in terms of membership, products, services and number of employees.


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The IAPP does not advocate or lobby for any policy position on issues related to data protection. As a professional association, the IAPP has members from all over the world. From organizations large and small, government and non-government, privacy supervisory authorities and adtech innovators.

The IAPP views and conducts itself as "big tent" for privacy discussions, allowing different voices to be heard without staking a policy claim. It stages sessions at conferences and provides publication opportunities for proponents of widely varying views. But it does not itself take a policy position beyond its mission to define, support and improve the date protection profession globally.

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Established in 2000 to serve a small but budding privacy profession, the IAPP grew to 10'000 members in 2012 and more than 50'000 in 2019. In 2017 and 2018, the IAPP experienced 45% year-on-year membership growth, fueled by the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the rise of data protection to the top of the policy agenda worldwide. IAPP members obtain unlimited access to resources, publications and research, as well as price discounts for additional products such as conferences and training.

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The IAPP has developed and launched the only globally recognized ANSI/ISO accredited credentialing programs in information privacy. The CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/ US, CIPT and CDPO credentials are recognized for meeting the ANSI standard that allows anyone to certify once and be accepted everywhere. Tens of thousands of privacy pros have taken advantage of these programs all over the world.

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The IAPP Privacy Pathways : This program serves as an introduction to the data protection profession by catalyzing, promoting and building relationships with privacy academic programs. We work with leading graduate program in law, computer science and business by offering students enrolled in privacy courses the ability to tap into IAPP resources such as our online content, certification exams, and externship and internship opportunities.

Sections : To help privacy professionals network, connect and advance specific areas of data protection, the IAPP others three, officially recognized communities around common interests.

Each section provides a forum for discussion, collaboration and sharing of best practices, including access to specialized content :

  • Women Leading Privacy Section

  • Privacy Engineering Section

  • Privacy Bar Section



The IAPP offers a range of data protection training options.These include in-person, online and live certification trainings for privacy professionals. We also offer training through a network of official training partners. All of these training programs help provide the in-depth education necessary for those in decision-making positions in the field of privacy protection.

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Each year, the IAPP runs conferences all over the world. The main conference is the annual IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, which draws about 5'000 participants.

The IAPP's Europe Data Protection Congress is the largest data protection conference of the year in Europe with more than 2'000 delegates. The IAPP aslo runs annual events in the U.K., Germany, France, Netherlands (IAPP Data Protection Intensives), Canada (IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium), Singapore (IAPP Asia Privacy Forum), Australia (IAPP ANZ Summit) and technology fpcused event in the western U.S. (IAPP Pruvacy. Security. Risk.).

Privacy Specialist Designation: The IAPP is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys in the specialty area of privacy law. This means that U.S. attorneys who meet the IAPP requirements are permitted under the professional liability rules of more than 25 states to advertise their specialization in privacy law.

The Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) Designation: This signifies a comprehensive knowledge pf data protection laws, program management and essential data protection practices. To achieve this designation, applicants must complete two IAPP credentials (one CIPP plus either a CIPM or a CIPT) in addition to having 3 years of privacy-related work experience.


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The IAPP enables local KnowledgeNet Chapters -- which are volunteer-led, local professional groups --  in more than 150 locations and 50 countries around the world. KnowledgeNet Chapters meeting provide local networking, socializing and continuing education opportunities for thousands of privacy professionals.

Please, for more information visit the IAPP's website :

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