March 7, 2012

International Association of Privacy Professionals Reaches 10,000 Member Mark


Portsmouth, New Hampshire—March 8, 2012—The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced today that its worldwide membership has reached 10,000, reinforcing the organization’s status as the world’s largest group dedicated to supporting and defining the privacy profession. 

This week, the IAPP is holding its annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, where more than 2,000 regulators, academics, advocates and privacy professionals from over 22 countries have convened to discuss the privacy challenges facing society and the growth and role of the privacy profession.

“The impressive growth of the IAPP is not surprising given the increasing emphasis being placed on privacy and data protection by industry, consumers and government,” said IAPP Chairman Jeff Green, CIPP/C, vice president global compliance and chief privacy officer, Royal Bank of Canada. “Given the recent regulatory developments, especially in the EU and U.S., the need for privacy professionals is more critical than ever before.”

“Privacy professionals are expanding at a phenomenal rate in the marketplace,” said Bojana Bellamy, CIPP/E, past chairman of the IAPP and director of data privacy, Accenture. “The fact that over 2,000 people from all over the world are gathering in Washington this week to talk about privacy and data protection shows the growing importance of the topic and the profession.”

“We have tripled our membership in the last five years, and our growth rate has been over 20 percent in each of the last two years alone,” said IAPP President and CEO Trevor Hughes, CIPP/US. “This consistent increase in membership demonstrates that privacy professionals continue to look to the IAPP as the most recognized and sought after forum for sharing knowledge, improving their job effectiveness and validating their expertise.”

 “We expect that the profession, and IAPP membership, will continue to see this consistent growth in the coming years,” said IAPP Vice Chairman Brendon Lynch, CIPP/US, chief privacy officer, Microsoft. “As data becomes an ever more valuable currency in today’s information economy, the need for privacy education and training will only expand—both for those within the privacy profession and more broadly across industry and government.”


About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with 10,000 members across 73 countries. The IAPP is a not-for-profit association that 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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International Association of Privacy Professionals
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