Privacy Law Specialist Advisory Board

The Privacy Law Specialist Advisory Board is comprised of privacy attorneys who review the submitted Privacy Law Specialist (PLS) applications and advise the IAPP on the overall PLS program. A two-year commitment is required. See more about the roles and expectations below.

Meet the Privacy Law Specialist Advisory Board



  • Serve a two-year term. Each year there are four submission periods, during which time the reviews are conducted.
  • Maintain an active IAPP membership.
  • Review submitted Privacy Law Specialist applications, including personal statements, peer reviews and experience documentation.
  • All accepted board members will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement that extends one year beyond the two-year term.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled meetings as needed and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Keep information shared among advisory board members confidential.
  • Act with integrity and professionalism in advisory board duties.
  • Advocate for the IAPP.


Selection Criteria

Boards are selected with the goal of creating a balanced working group based on experience level, industry sector, geographic location and area of expertise. Considerations for selection include:

  • Members must hold a CIPP/US certification. While not required, CIPM or CIPT certification is helpful.
  • Required to be an attorney in good standing in at least one U.S state.
  • Knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory.
  • Past volunteer involvement with the IAPP.
  • Knowledge of Privacy Law Specialist designation requirements.
  • Please note:
  • IAPP advisory board members are not agents or employees of the IAPP and cannot act on IAPP’s behalf or enter into any binding agreements.
  • As an advisory board member, your decisions, actions and opinions speak about you as an IAPP volunteer, and not solely as a member or privacy professional.



  • Receive five continuing privacy education (CPE) credits for each year of service.
  • Enhance your profile and visibility while being seen as a leader in the privacy and data protection community.
  • Make great connections with your fellow IAPP volunteers.
  • Get special access to IAPP resources.


How to apply

TThe IAPP accepts applications for advisory board roles each fall through our Call for Volunteers. For more information, visit our Call for Volunteers FAQ, or contact for details on additional volunteer opportunities.