Privacy Advisor

Notes from the Executive Director

March 1, 2007

As part of the IAPP's international commitment, we are proud to announce the launch of our inaugural European delegate tour. While details are still in the works, the delegate tour is a unique opportunity for IAPP members to participate in a series of special events in London, Paris and Berlin. Scheduled for June, the tour is expected to give privacy pros an opportunity to compare notes with our European colleagues in each city during KnowledgeNet meetings, workshops with data protection authorities and networking opportunities.

The first European delegate tour would not be possible without the generous support of Microsoft and Ernst & Young. The IAPP is excited about this tour as we continue our efforts to broaden our mission to promote the privacy profession globally. We eagerly look forward to learning from and collaborating with international privacy pros.

And now for the good news! IAPP members will have the opportunity to attend these exciting events - at no additional cost. All we ask is that members cover the cost of their travel expenses and hotel stay. The IAPP will provide all the programming, including networking meetings and workshops, in each city. This spectacular networking opportunity has to be one of the best values - and we are thrilled to offer our members the chance to take part in what is sure to be a memorable tour. Members who are interested in participating in this unique privacy programming are encouraged to contact Kimberly MacNeill, the IAPP's Member Networking Manager, at kim@privacyassociation.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Please note there may be some space limitations.

Let me take a moment to also update you on another IAPP global privacy effort. Peter Kosmala, the IAPP's Assistant Director, recently returned from a week in Singapore, where he spoke at an online privacy conference co-sponsored by the IAPP and LexisNexis, and met with privacy leaders across the private and public sectors in Singapore. These included KK Lim, CIPP, Chief Privacy Officer-Asia Pacific, IMS Health; Lawrence Tan, CIPP/G, Senior Consultant, IDA-Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore; Jeff Bullwinkel, Director of Corporate Affairs-Asia Pacific, Microsoft, Singapore; and Wee Choo Hua, Corporate Attorney, Microsoft, Singapore, among many others. 

With more than 6,000 multinational corporations based in the country, 106,000 working IT professionals, and a growing community of privacy professionals, Singapore is a hotbed for innovation and ripe this year for legislative action in the data protection arena. Peter's trip is a follow-up to the IAPP's Asia Pacific Tour last year, when we took our signature privacy networking program on the road, holding KnowledgeNet meetings in Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo. While it is unclear at this juncture what specific developments are likely from the IAPP's collaboration with privacy leaders in Singapore, the IAPP definitely will continue our activity and coordination in the Asia Pacific Region in the months ahead - so stay tuned!

On the domestic front, look next month for coverage of the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 in Washington, D.C., an enormously successful conference lauded by privacy professionals from near and far.

J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP
Executive Director, IAPP