History of the IAPP

The IAPP has come a long way since its inception in 2000. Originally named the Privacy Officers Association (POA), it joined with the Association of Corporate Privacy Officers in 2001 to form the International Association of Privacy Officers.

In 2003, the IAPO changed its name to the International Association of Privacy Professionals to more accurately reflect its membership. One year later, the IAPP rolled out its first certification exam, the CIPP. Since then, the IAPP has continued to grow to serve the needs of the burgeoning privacy community.

The IAPP now holds events across the United States, Canada and Europe, and offers multiple certification programs for our ever-growing membership.

Click on the image below to access our interactive timeline.

 

 

Click on a year to further explore the history of privacy and the IAPP.

 

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In March 2010, the IAPP celebrated its 10th anniversary at the National Press Club in Washington, DC—a fitting moment to reflect on the previous 10 years and to look forward to continued service to the global privacy community for the next 10 years and beyond.

Watch our special 10th anniversary video now!