March 16, 2010

A Decade of Privacy: The International Association of Privacy Professionals Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary, Charts Future of the Profession

Washington, DC – March 16, 2010 – The IAPP, the world’s largest association of privacy professionals, today celebrated its tenth anniversary with a panel discussion exploring the future of the privacy profession broadcast from the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Thousands of IAPP members around the world gathered and tuned in to hear the latest thinking from privacy experts and to discuss their own perspectives on privacy.  
In preparation for today’s event, the IAPP undertook new research into the future of the privacy profession to help its members prepare for emerging challenges and opportunities.  The resulting report, “A Call for Agility: The Next-Generation Privacy Professional,” will be available to all IAPP members and at for a limited time.  Key findings include:

  • The next 10 years will see more types of data collected from more people, and more privacy laws in more places.
  • Privacy career opportunities will abound. A rise in privacy awareness among small- and medium sized businesses, government agencies and other organizations—as well as ongoing maturation of roles pertaining to information governance, risk management, data security, and compliance—will create new career paths and opportunities for privacy professionals.
  • Despite these promising opportunities, the privacy professional’s success in the next decade will demand greater adaptability and most importantly, agility.

“It’s gratifying to look back at the rise of the privacy profession over the past decade,” said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  “Today, we have more than 6,700 members across 52 countries.  The IAPP has enjoyed double-digit growth in the past year alone and our future is bright.  We’re committed to developing and offering educational resources, professional development programs, and forums for debate and discussion that prepare our members for what lies ahead.”

IAPP President and Chief Privacy Leader & Senior Counsel, Information Governance, General Electric Company Nuala O’Connor Kelly added, “Privacy professionals are arbiters of trust in the information age. Consider, for example, that more than 3,200 Certified Information Privacy Professionals currently work across organizations of all sizes and sectors—these individuals are on the front lines of today’s most critical business and societal issues.  The IAPP stands with all privacy pros to define and support an increasingly important profession.”
About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,700 members across 52 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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