September 18, 2013

International Association of Privacy Professionals Launches IAPP Westin Research Center

The center will be led by Dr. Omer Tene, vice president of Research and Education at the IAPP, and answer the need of privacy professionals to identify and research real world problems facing the industry today.

Washington, DC – September 18, 2013 – Today the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced the new IAPP Westin Research Center. The new initiative will continue the IAPP’s mission to provide impartial, valuable and actionable research that will raise awareness and propel the growth of the privacy profession.  Under the leadership of industry expert Dr. Omer Tene, the Center will generate new research that is applicable and practical; support the growth of the privacy profession by cultivating the next generation of leaders; and foster ties between the IAPP and academia.

“The IAPP was founded to help define, promote and improve the privacy profession; the IAPP Westin Research Center is a natural extension of this mission, honoring the life and work of the late Dr. Alan Westin,” said Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the IAPP. “We are pleased to have Dr. Tene join the team and know that with his insightful guidance, the IAPP Westin Research Center will fill an industry need for practical, applicable research enabling the continued evolution of the privacy profession.”

In his new role, and together with the Research Advisory Board, Tene will set the research agenda for the Center. In addition, he will head the Westin Fellowship Program. The new fellows, who joined the team at the beginning of the month, will work with Tene on both long-term research initiatives as well as real time analysis and insights on current issues. Tene and the fellows will conduct impartial research analyzing privacy issues on a global scale. In doing so, they will draw on the body of knowledge accumulated by the IAPP’s members, who now number more than 14,000 worldwide. The team will deliver and present key findings over the next year, and create a regular cadence of research briefings on hot topics and timely issues.

 “The privacy profession is in a building phase,” Tene says. “Like any emerging discipline, privacy professionals require – and will now develop – sound research. This will help build and inform the role of the privacy professional in a complex information economy. Much like the late Dr. Westin himself, the IAPP Westin Research Center will build bridges between academics and professionals on the ground.”

Tene has a long history with both privacy thought leadership and the IAPP. He is a Senior Research Fellow in various organizations and academic institutions, including the Future of Privacy Forum and Stanford Center for Internet and Society. He also regularly consults with government organizations and Fortune 100 firms on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. Additionally, he served as rapporteur for the OECD review of its 1980 Privacy Guidelines and on the European advisory board of the IAPP.

The IAPP Westin Research Center will also be guided by the Research Advisory Board. The board is comprised of leading academics and industry experts. Members include:

  • Ruth Boardman, Partner, Bird & Bird
  • John Kropf, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, Deputy Counsel for Privacy and Information Governance, Reed Elsevier
  • Christopher Kuner, Senior Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Christina Peters, CIPP/US, IBM Corporate Chief Privacy Officer, IBM Corporation
  • Kalinda Raina, CIPP/US, Senior Privacy Counsel, Global Privacy Law & Policy, Apple, Inc.
  • David Vladeck, Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation, Professor of Law, Georgetown University of Law Center

For more information on the IAPP Westin Research Center visit

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at