Peter Kosmala, CIPP/US


York University

Course Developer and Instructor

Peter is a recognized thought leader in data privacy and digital media with 20 years of experience as a former marketer, technologist, lobbyist and association leader and as a current consultant, educator and international speaker.

Peter served the IAPP as its first Assistant Director and then as Vice President. He led the creation of the first professional certification in privacy, the IAPP's Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) in 2004. He followed this with the launch the CIPP-Canada (CIPP/C), CIPP-Europe (CIPP/E) and three more credentials beginning in 2006. Today, over 40,000 professionals globally hold one or more of the CIPP credentials.

Peter led the U.S.-based Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and its "AdChoices" programme for consumer privacy protection as the organization's first managing director.

He also has served in leadership roles at technology companies CMGI and dataxu (now ROKU) and at trade associations, the 4As and the NAI. He has represented industry in working groups and standards bodies such as The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), Stop Patent Abuse Now (SPAN) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Tracking Protection Group.

Since 2020, Peter has served as program advisor, content developer and course instructor for the first post-graduate program in information privacy offered by York University.


Contributions by Peter Kosmala

  • Privacy and Digital Rights in the New Era of Sovereign Identity
    Moderator at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2023
  • Digital Advertising: From Post-pandemic to the Cookie-less Future
    Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2023
  • Northern Pioneers — How Canada Is Leading the Tech Privacy Future
    Moderator at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2022
  • Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2020 - Canceled
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020 - Canceled
  • Consent and Accountability: Why Harmonizing Canada's Privacy Pillars is Key to Cross-Border Relations
    Speaker at Toronto KnowledgeNet: July 10, 2019
  • The Last Jedi: Why the Future of Privacy Belongs to Canada
    Moderator at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Creating Effective US/Canada Cross-border Compliance
    Speaker at Boston KnowledgeNet: April 11, 2019