March 10, 2005

IAPP Announces Government Privacy Certification Program

Increased State & Federal Involvement in Privacy Necessitates High Standard of Knowledge

Washington, DC — March 10, 2005 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's foremost association for individuals in the profession of privacy, today announced a new program for government employees seeking certification as privacy professionals.

The Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G) program is designed to help government employees and managers, and government vendors who regularly use sensitive data to better understand the many state, federal and international laws and regulations governing privacy. CIPP/G is offered as an extension of the IAPP's foundation course, the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).  The CIPP/G tests understanding of privacy laws, policies and practices specific to U.S. government as well as more broadly applicable to the public and private sectors.

The first CIPP/G examination takes place March 11 during the IAPP's 2005 National Summit, March 9-11 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

"Privacy is a value that must be embedded in the culture and structure of government at every level," said Nuala O'Connor Kelly, Department of Homeland Security chief privacy officer.  "Government is in many ways following industry's lead in appointing privacy leaders and embedding privacy structures within federal agencies.  I applaud IAPP's leadership and commitment to supporting government privacy enterprises through the new government certification program.  This program is, to my knowledge, the first--and possibly only one--of its kind, and will assist immeasurably in the development of government privacy policy and compliance."

The CIPP/G is designed especially for employees of U.S. federal agencies and U.S. state governments, as well as employees of vendor companies that serve U.S. government customers. The program was developed by the IAPP in coordination with privacy leaders from the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, the California Department of Consumer Affairs, IBM, MITRE Corporation, and SRA International. It is underwritten by a founding grant from IBM

"Government leaders must meet increasingly high standards for managing information securely and in accordance with privacy and other policies," said Harriet Pearson, chief privacy officer of IBM and an IAPP board member.  "IBM is pleased to contribute our expertise to this effort to help government employees improve their capabilities, in the service of our nation, states and localities."

"The IAPP developed CIPP/G with the goal of offering a comprehensive assessment of the breadth of government involvement in privacy issues," said Peter Kosmala, IAPP assistant director.  "Achieving government privacy certification demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a high standard of knowledge and performance under extremely challenging professional circumstances."

More information about the IAPP's certification programs, including CIPP, CIPP/G, and continuing education is available at

The IAPP National Summit is the year's largest privacy conference.  Focusing on strategic initiatives and privacy policy, the IAPP National Summit offers information and guidance from privacy's leading thinkers and experts from the U.S. and around the world.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit

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