Premiere Privacy Professional Association and Respected Privacy Conference Join Forces
Philadelphia, PA, January 27, 2004 – The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the
world's largest association for individuals in the profession of privacy, and PrivacyCon, a leading privacy
conference based in Ohio, today announced a merger of the organizations’ events. As a result of the
merger, PrivacyCon will become part of the IAPP’s annual conference series, including the annual IAPP
Privacy & Data Security Summit (February 18 – 20, Washington, DC), IAPP/TRUSTe Privacy
Symposium (June 9-11, San Francisco), and the IAPP Privacy & Data Security Academy (October 27-29,
As part of the merger, PrivacyCon will no longer be held in Ohio. The event will be rolled into the IAPP
Academy, being held this year in New Orleans, and will include the addition of a track for academics.
Future IAPP Academies will migrate to various destination locations annually.
“Because privacy issues affect an ever-widening scope of industries and professional disciplines, we sought
this merger to strengthen our organization and give us additional resources to serve the privacy community
in new and dynamic ways,” said Trevor Hughes, Executive Director, IAPP. “PrivacyCon’s excellent
management and strong reputation now provide IAPP members with greater access to the resources
needed to keep on top of the fast changing world of privacy.”
“PrivacyCon’s mission from its inception was to focus on the importance of privacy and security for
success in e-commerce and e-governance. Each year the conference provided the unique opportunity for
business, government, service providers, researchers, policy makers, academics, and the privacy
community to come together in the spirit of partnership, exchange cutting-edge ideas, and share best
practice experiences,” said Sol Bermann, Director, PrivacyCon. “The IAPP has the same commitment to
offering the privacy community the finest in professional development and networking events, thus
merging with them made perfect sense to us.
“And by becoming part of the largest privacy association in the world,” Bermann continued, “we will
continue to respond to the needs of privacy professionals while providing a tremendous benefit to IAPP
ABOUT THE IAPP
The IAPP is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals. With more than 1,000
individual and corporate members, the IAPP defines and supports the profession of privacy by being a
forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries. Further information on the IAPP can be
found at www.privacyassociation.org.