November 3, 2009

IAPP Europe Launches at Data Protection and Privacy Workshop

Results of Global Data Protection Authority survey released

MADRID – November 3, 2009 —The IAPP, the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced the launch of IAPP Europe, a new community that offers education, networking and certification opportunities tailored to the unique challenges and needs of European data protection and privacy professionals.  

The launch coincided with the second annual IAPP Data Protection and Privacy Workshop, a one-day forum for education and discussion of the top issues facing European data protection professionals. The workshop is being held to coincide with the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

Additionally, the IAPP released the results of its Global Data Protection Authority survey at the workshop. The survey, which examines privacy offices and data protection authorities (DPAs) in 24 countries and territories, asked DPAs worldwide about their objectives, resources, structure, scope of authority and enforcement powers in order to benchmark current practices. The results indicate:

  • DPAs primarily focus on complaint handling, education, and advancing and advocating for privacy rights.
  • There does not appear to be a correlation between DPAs’ ability to levy fines and their annual budgets.
  • Only half of DPAs have the power to levy fines for data protection violations, and only two out of 22 authorities can impart criminal sanctions for data protection violations.

“Europe stands out as a leading force in privacy and data protection,” said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  “We are thrilled to support the European privacy community by providing targeted education and networking opportunities throughout the region, and we are fortunate to have an esteemed group of European data protection experts on our Advisory Board to guide IAPP Europe.”

IAPP Europe serves the European privacy community by providing networking, education and certification opportunities that address the distinct regional issues facing European privacy professionals. Resources available include:

  • The IAPP Data Protection and Privacy Workshop: Developed and programmed by the IAPP’s European Advisory Board, this workshop is a forum for education and discussion of the top issues impacting European privacy professionals.
  • IAPP European Data Protection Digest: A free weekly compilation of European privacy news delivered via email.
  • KnowledgeNet Europe: Free networking meetings held regularly in major cities throughout Europe, including Dublin, Hamburg, London, Munich and Paris.
  • Privacy certification: In 2010, the IAPP will begin offering the CIPP/E, the first professional credential to show a comprehensive understanding of the privacy and data protection issues unique to Europe.

More information about IAPP Europe is available at

About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,200 members across 50 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
+1 (207) 351.1500