Over a hundred organizations are responsible for shaping the future of data privacy. In this series we profile some of the organizations that are helping to shape the massive privacy ecosystem through the eyes of the professionals that work there and learn more about their perspectives on privacy.
What is the IAPP’s role in the privacy ecosystem?
As the world’s largest privacy organization, our role in the privacy field is to help practitioners build and develop their careers. The IAPP works to define, support and improve the privacy profession globally while providing a forum for all those who touch data in their work to share best practices and advance privacy management. The IAPP is the place where privacy pros can find the people, tools and information management practices they need to excel in the field.
What key goals/issues is the IAPP focused on tackling?
With an ever-increasing amount of data being created and amassed both online and offline, and bringing with it ever-increasing privacy challenges, the IAPP is committed to growing and improving the quality of our education and training offerings—from our publications and web conferences to our on-the-ground trainings and information sessions at our events. For example, with the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the horizon, and predicted to have implications far beyond the EU’s borders, we’re focused on ensuring we’ll have the information, resources and training opportunities our members need available to them as this new era in privacy law comes into effect.
How has the IAPP’s focus changed over the years to address evolving technologies or challenges?
Since our founding in 2000, our mission has remained evergreen: to define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. And this mission has become more essential as our profession grows and we see previously unimagined technologies becoming commonplace just 15 years out. As new technologies emerge, the IAPP continues to gather resources, conduct and collaborate on new research and build education and training opportunities to provide privacy pros with the tools they need to understand and address those challenges.