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Privacy Perspectives | An IAPP update regarding COVID-19 Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe, 23 Feb. 2024

Editor's Note:

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 1:38 pm Eastern: The IAPP has cancelled the 2020 Global Privacy Summit in Washington. More details can be found here

UPDATE: Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:45 am Eastern: The IAPP is postponing next week’s Data Protection Intensive: U.K. 2020. For more on this latest development, please see this note from IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes.


Hello, everyone.

Over the past few days, many of you have reached out to the IAPP regarding the management and status of our upcoming conferences, trainings and gatherings as it relates to COVID-19. Your questions and concerns are warranted, and we are listening.

The IAPP will always prioritize the well-being and safety of our members, sponsors, staff and anyone affiliated with the production of our events and gatherings. The IAPP leadership and staff are focused on this highly dynamic and evolving situation, and we are actively monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19. 

We are aware that several organizations have canceled or postponed their conferences, and certain companies are restricting travel. We understand some of you are unable to travel to our conferences due to these bans. These are certainly important considerations, along with information from health and medical experts, local and government officials.

Currently, our events and trainings are proceeding as scheduled. However, this is a fluid and complex situation with new developments daily. We know it is important to keep the lines of communication open, and we will provide updates as soon as they become available. As a first step, we are updating our event landing pages to include the current status of our conferences regarding COVID-19.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.


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  • comment Robert Yonaitis • Mar 5, 2020
    Has IAPP considered making the entire conference available Live and Online for those that cannot make it due to corporate or government policy?
    As some depend on the conference for CPE’s and to keep up to date.
  • comment xiaoyan zhang • Mar 5, 2020
    hi Trevor, is there the on-line training plan of CIPM exam?
  • comment J. Trevor Hughes • Mar 6, 2020
    Xiaoyan -- We do indeed have online training for CIPM. (Look for "Privacy Program Management" in the training section of our site.)
    Robert -- Given the short amount of time before the event in London, we do not have plans to record the sessions.  But we do have an immense amount of CPE content available to members for free through our site.  Take a look at the web conferences on our site.  Bonus: many/most of our webinars are free for members!
  • comment Elizabeth Carter • Mar 6, 2020
    I am scheduled to participate in the CIPM 2 day training session as well as the two day Summit, has IAPP considered live remote access to these training sessions for those that have registered and may not be able to attend due to travel restrictions? I am also interested in your response to the previous question posted about remote access to the conference. Thank you!
  • comment Lindsay Hinkle • Mar 31, 2020
    Hi Elizabeth. You can transfer your training registration to any upcoming trainings, including live, live online or online delivered by the IAPP. Alternatively, you can schedule a training with one of our Official Training Partners, and we will help you with that transaction. Please contact for further information. You can also visit: For any other questions, please contact Thank you!
  • comment Martin Macke • Apr 4, 2020
    Do you offer online exams? This way certifications could still continue to be achieved.
  • comment Jamie Ammon • Apr 6, 2020
    Hi Martin, thank you for your question. We are working to set up remote proctoring to make our exams available to take online by mid-May. We are also extending exam expiration dates. Please reach out to if you have further questions we can help you with.
  • comment Devin Maharaj • Sep 11, 2020
    Hello, is there a calendar of upcoming certification exams? Are these available online, considering Covid 19 concerns?
  • comment Bridget Morang • Sep 11, 2020
    Hi Devin, IAPP exams are available for delivery at either a Pearson VUE testing center (most testing centers have reopened and are following government guidelines) or using Pearson VUE's online proctoring platform, OnVUE, where you can test remotely and be proctored via webcam. Most testing centers have available appointment times 5-6 days a week, and OnVUE is available 24 hours, 6 days a week. For information on exam delivery and scheduling an appointment, please refer to our Certification Candidate Handbook: