March 23, 2005

IAPP Announces New Dates, Location for Privacy Certification

HIPAA Summit, Microsoft Campus to Host Certification Testing

York, Maine — March 23, 2005 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's foremost association for individuals in the profession of privacy, announces two new testing venues for privacy professionals wishing to receive Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and CIPP/Government (CIPP/G) credentials.

On Friday, April 8, 2005, CIPP testing will take place during the 10th National HIPAA Summit in Baltimore, MD at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel from 3pm — 5pm.   The HIPAA Summit is the first time that the IAPP has made information privacy certification (CIPP) available outside of its own conference schedule.  CIPP training will also be offered during the Summit on April 6 from 8am — 5pm.

On Monday, April 11, 2005, CIPP and CIPP/G testing will take place on the Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond, WA from 2pm — 4pm.  Seating capacity for these tests is limited to 65 individuals.  There will be no training session prior to the tests.  CIPP and CIPP/G candidates can purchase training materials from the IAPP in advance of the event.

"The HIPAA and Microsoft events represent the IAPP's ongoing effort to make our certification programs available to interested candidates from a number of different locations and professional backgrounds," said Peter Kosmala, assistant director of the IAPP.  "While privacy certification remains an integral part of IAPP conferences, extending our reach via new venues allows us to serve a broader constituency and meet a growing need as more and more organizations come to grasp the value of privacy as a business imperative."

The CIPP is the first, broad-based privacy certification program available in the United States. The IAPP oversees the program, which it developed in coordination with the Ponemon Institute, a leading privacy research group, as well as advisors from leading global corporations and consultancies including Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Insurance, General Electric, Hunton & Williams, and Corporate Privacy Group. The CIPP is made possible through grants from Hewlett Packard and Microsoft Corporation.

The CIPP/G program is designed to help government employees and managers, and government vendors to better understand the many state, federal and international laws, regulations and policies related to information privacy.  The CIPP/G is offered as an extension of the CIPP program and 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 program was developed by the IAPP with the assistance of government privacy officers from the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the California Office of Privacy Protection, MITRE Corporation, and SRA International. The CIPP/G is underwritten by IBM.

For more information on IAPP privacy certification or these CIPP and CIPP/G testing events, visit

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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