July 9, 2008

IAPP and GDD Form Strategic Partnership

York, Maine—July 9, 2008—The International Association of Privacy Professionals announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD).  Germany is known for setting high global privacy standards so this alliance comes at an important time for all those grappling with data protection in an increasingly connected world.

With more than 5,200 members, the IAPP is the world's largest organization for privacy professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the privacy profession globally through networking, education and certification.  The GDD represents more than 1,900 German companies, public authorities and individuals, supporting their data protection and privacy governance efforts. 

The IAPP and GDD partnership will advance the global privacy profession through co-sponsored conferences, educational resources and knowledge sharing opportunities.  As this partnership evolves, members of both groups will reap immediate benefits through exchange of speakers between IAPP and GDD events as well as reciprocal member discounts for conferences.
"Our strategic alliance with the GDD underscores the growing importance of privacy worldwide," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes. "Strong ties between the IAPP and GDD will greatly bolster our shared commitment to defining and supporting the privacy profession in a critically important region."

 Gabriela Krader, GDD board member for international affairs and corporate data protection officer, Deutsche Post World Net, explained, "Many global organizations look to Germany when setting thresholds for privacy compliance and crafting approaches to data protection."  GDD Managing Director Christoph Klug continued, "With GDD and IAPP members learning from one another and collaborating closely, we can build stronger, cross-border approaches to privacy that may truly benefit governments, businesses, consumers and employees." 

"I very much look forward to learning from my peers in the GDD and applying those insights to my daily work," said Sandra R. Hughes, IAPP president and global ethics, compliance and privacy executive, Procter & Gamble Co.  "I'm also excited to return the favor as more GDD members take advantage of our events." 

On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, the IAPP and GDD will co-sponsor a daylong workshop in advance of the 30th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Strasbourg, France. 

About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with 5,200 members globally. The IAPP helps define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at

About the GDD
The German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD) was founded in 1976 and stands as a non-profit organization for practicable and effective data protection. The GDD helps data controllers and, particularly, their data protection officers solve the many different legal, technical and organizational problems involved in the processing of personal data. Supported by more than 1,900 companies, public authorities and individual members, the GDD is Germany's leading association of its kind. The GDD works with government officials, data protection authorities, associations and privacy experts on a national and an international basis. More information about the GDD is available at