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The IAPP’s list of guidance documents offers links to pdfs, organized by topic, from the Article 29 Working Party, various data protection authorities, law firms, consultancies and more.

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About the Section

Privacy law pros gather here

This is where privacy lawyers, including practitioners and judges, academics and students, find the resources they need to discover, discuss and debate the latest legal developments, such as CJEU and Supreme Court jurisprudence; international, federal and state court decisions; new legislation, legislative bills and more.

For members, the Privacy Bar Section is the hub of activities, including programming, publications and networking opportunities for privacy law developments in the U.S., EU and around the globe.

Update: IAPP’s ‘Privacy Law Specialist’ designation

The IAPP is currently seeking accreditation of a Privacy Law Specialist designation to support U.S. attorneys who specialize in privacy law. The application has met with the approval of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Specialization, and is now under consideration by the full House of Delegates. Following the ABA’s annual meeting in New York this August, the ABA and the IAPP are convening a working group to gather input from ABA delegates who are not members of the Standing Committee on Specialization with the intention of accrediting the program at the mid-year meeting in February 2018. As always, the IAPP is here to serve its members and welcomes questions and support throughout this process. Updates on the ABA accreditation process, as well as state-level specialization, will be forthcoming. Stay tuned and stay engaged! 

For more information about the Privacy Law Specialist designation and the IAPP’s application to the ABA, please click on the ABA Whitepaper May 2017 and web conference recording now available. IAPP Research Director Rita Heimes’ has additional details in this The Privacy Advisor article. Feel free to contact Rita directly at

Privacy Bar Section Forum 2017

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Danielle Citron and George Jepsen

Attendees at the sold out Privacy Bar Section Forum 2017 heard from peers and speakers on a variety of privacy law topics ranging from the future of lawyering to regulatory activity. Keynote Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen closed out the event.

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Getting started in privacy law?

HowToGetIntoPrivacyLaw_IMGThis tip sheet from the IAPP offers ideas on how to increase your knowledge, visibility and marketability as you get started with a career in privacy law.

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This free, hour-long web conference will provide a crash course in the legal foundations of privacy in the U.S. along with practical examples from the daily lives of privacy attorneys. Speakers: Ariel Brio, CIPP/US;  Arielle Brown, CIPP/US; and Kelsey Finch, CIPP/US; Moderated by IAPP Westin Fellow Cobun Keegan, CIPP/US, CIPM

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Upcoming Events

Great stuff is happening—check it out

Privacy Bar Section Forum 2018

March 29, 2018

Extend your trip to the Global Privacy Summit
Marriott Marquis, Washington DC
Registration is open!

Global Privacy Summit 2018

March 26-28, 2018

Register Today!

Message from the Chair

The Privacy Bar Section hosted a sold-out event at the Washington, D.C. offices of Hogan Lovells on Friday, April 21, following the Global Privacy Summit. The second annual Privacy Bar Forum featured content developed by the Privacy Bar Section for its lawyer members and offered excellent networking opportunities as well.

 Topics included a panel discussing the past, present and future of privacy law practice, featuring Robert Belair, Tonya Forsheit, and Eduardo Ustaran. The speakers encouraged lawyers entering the rapidly-changing field to continue to read and learn, to be aware of legal developments around the world, and to be good lawyers first – the privacy part will come!

 Emilio Cividanes, Janis Kestenbaum, Divonne Smoyer, and Marc Zwillinger provided insights on working with state and federal privacy regulators, including advice to meet with state regulators before an incident happens if possible to ease communication and facilitate understanding in case of a breach.  Professor Danielle Citron then led a conversation with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who agreed that open communication lines makes life easier for companies and regulators alike, stressing that his office cares about consumer protection and business development and tries to balance them both.

The Privacy Bar Section is poised to become a networking hub for attorneys seeking to find foreign counsel to help their clients navigate global legal privacy issues. The IAPP hosts several conferences throughout the year and around the world, and by 2018 will program many of them with Privacy Bar Section sessions. We hope that our attorney friends outside the United States will continue to join the Privacy Bar Section and help us grow the network of privacy lawyers globally.

 Christopher Wolf, Chair

IAPP Privacy Bar Section

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Looking to join an IAPP Section? Great. It’s easy and affordable, and IAPP section members get access to tons of great benefits. Benefits that include a boatload of networking opportunities and specialized content, plus access to ongoing web conferences, exciting special events and a lot more. 

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Advisory Board

Privacy pros at the helm

Guiding the Privacy Bar Section, the Advisory Board—chosen from your nominations—represents a diverse group of leaders with a broad range of privacy law expertise.

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Katherine Gilchrest

Member Engagement Manager