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Privacy professionals generated enormous excitement in Las Vegas last month after taking part in the first-rate education, certification and networking opportunities at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2005.

The talent and creativity in the privacy profession are exactly the reasons why the IAPP recognizes the achievements of our colleagues. I want to again congratulate this year's winners of the IAPP's prestigious awards, presented last month at the Academy: Sprint Nextel, the recipient of the HP/IAPP Innovation Award in the large organization category; the Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario and Dr. Ann Cavoukian, for the small organization category; and Watchfire, first-time winner of.the HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Technology Award. Congratulations also to Nuala O'Connor Kelly, recipient of the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award, in recognition of her outstanding tenure as Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Shortly after we returned from Las Vegas, IAPP Platinum Member Microsoft called on Congress to enact a broad, nationwide privacy law — an announcement that will no doubt influence the privacy landscape in the coming months. Microsoft, by all accounts, appears to be the first major corporation — and arguably the most influential corporate voice — to urge Congress to enact a national privacy standard.

Central to Microsoft's proposal is the recognition that technology alone will not solve the problems of security breaches and identity theft. Rather, a comprehensive approach that pairs technology with effective federal privacy law and policy will help better protect consumers as well as preserve America's technology leadership role.

IAPP will further explore the intersection of privacy and security at Infosecurity New York in December. This will be the first time that privacy and technology professionals gather on such a large scale to discuss legislative responses to identity theft and the privacy implications of spam and spyware threats, among many other key issues. I urge you to come and join this important discussion.

For now, I thank all of our Las Vegas attendees for making IAPP Academy 2005 our most successful yet. We look forward to seeing many of you again in December at Infosecurity New York for the penultimate event of a most eventful year in privacy!

J. Trevor Hughes
Executive Director   

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