May 19, 2009

IAPP and AFCDP Form Strategic Partnership

York, Maine – May 19, 2009 – The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the French Association of Data Protection Correspondents (AFCDP).  The partnership comes at a time of increased international emphasis on privacy and data protection, especially in Europe where the IAPP is already working closely with the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security.  
With more than 6,000 members, the IAPP is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals. The IAPP helps support and define the privacy profession globally through networking, education and certification.  Since 2004’s French Data Protection Act mandated creation of a Data Protection Correspondent role in public and private organizations, the AFCDP has represented nearly 200 of these frontline privacy professionals.  The AFCDP works to develop privacy best practices and build relationships with the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL).

Greater collaboration between members of the IAPP and AFCDP will help address cross-border privacy challenges and shape new approaches to the discipline.  The IAPP and AFCDP partnership includes co-promoted events, educational resources and knowledge sharing opportunities.  As this alliance develops, members of both groups will benefit from reciprocal member discounts and exchange of speakers between the two organizations’ events.

“The IAPP and AFCDP share a commitment to helping experts in business, government and academia navigate an evolving privacy landscape,” said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  “With AFCDP and IAPP members working together, we can learn from one another and apply these insights,” added Paul-Olivier Gibert, president, AFCDP

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The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,000 members across 49 countries.  The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.  More information about the IAPP is available at


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Tammy Vigliotti

International Association of Privacy Professionals

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