Message from the Chair

The American Bar Association’s accreditation of the IAPP’s Privacy Law Specialist designation is the biggest news yet this year for the Privacy Bar Section. It validates what many of us have known for a long time: privacy law is a discreet field of law practice requiring certain skills and experience, as well as legal and technical knowledge, and it has finally, officially, “arrived.”

 When I worked with the IAPP to form the Privacy Bar Section in 2016, and became its first Chair, many lawyers were already representing clients in the field of information privacy law and many law firms had established practice groups devoted to privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.

 Today, the IAPP’s membership has exploded to over 36,000 members globally and the Privacy Bar Section is hosting its third annual Privacy Bar Forum on March 29. This event – as in prior years – reflects the global nature of privacy law practice and the Privacy Bar Section. With panels discussing topics from enforcement of the GDPR, to negotiating data protection agreements, to privacy class action litigation in the U.S., the Privacy Bar Forum provides a place for attorneys from around the world to gain practical insight into privacy law practice and network with each other.

 That is not all, however. The Privacy Bar Section’s volunteer advisory board is busy preparing two books for release later this year. One is a handbook on negotiating Data Protection Agreements, and the other is a guide for privacy attorneys working with charities and nonprofits. The latter book could use additional volunteer authors and those interested should contact Rita Heimes at .

 The Privacy Bar Section is also hosting web conferences, working with law schools and law students interested in privacy law practice, and helping to support the new Privacy Law Specialization. It’s truly an exciting time for privacy lawyers and a great time to join the Section!

 Christopher Wolf, Chair

IAPP Privacy Bar Section

Offer your two cents on our Sample Data Processing Agreement

With the EU General Data Protection Regulation looming, vendor management is top of everyone’s mind. The first step, of course, is a good contract. To help with that, volunteers from the IAPP’s Privacy Bar Section have worked together to crowdsource a model data-processing agreement that is now freely available for IAPP members. This is not legal advice, and you use or modify it at your own risk, but some really good lawyers put time and energy into this as part of a larger effort of writing “Negotiating Data Processing Agreements,” a book edited by Naspers Global Head of Data Privacy Justin Weiss, CIPP/A, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, to be released this fall. Further, if you’d like to add your thoughts on how we might improve the template, we’re soliciting comments through April 27. Email John Clarke, one of our current legal externs from the University of New Hampshire, at

Sample Data Processing Agreement

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.

Applications Being Accepted for ABA Approved ‘Privacy Law Specialist’ designation

ethics, justice w/ attribThe American Bar Association’s House of Delegates has voted to approve a resolution on the IAPP’s Privacy Law Specialist accreditation for a five-year term.

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Applications are now being accepted for the Privacy Law Specialist. For more information about the Privacy Law Specialist designation and the IAPP’s application process, read the ABA Whitepaper May 2017 or listen to the web conference recording now available. 

GDPR Compliance Help Is Here

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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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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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Upcoming Events

Great stuff is happening—check it out

IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018

18 - 19 April Check out the schedule for a full listing of Privacy Law sessions. Register Today!

IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium

May 24 - 25 Check out the schedule for a full listing of Privacy Law sessions. Register Today!

California Privacy Law (Third Edition)

IAPP_CA_Privacy_LawLothar Determann, Partner at Baker McKenzie, has published the third edition of his California Privacy Law book. Gain practical guidance, and essential, in-depth information on California and U.S. federal privacy law; how the laws apply to companies in other states and countries; risks and remedies under California and U.S. federal privacy law; how to start and maintain a compliance program and more.

Available in print and e-reader versions.

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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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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. 

It’s all waiting for you, so don’t put it off.

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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