States in the U.S. have long been concerned about lawyers potentially misleading consumers through advertising, especially in areas of claimed specialization. However, lawyers are allowed to truthfully communicate they are certified as a specialist by a bona fide organization. Looking to call yourself a specialist in privacy? Good news: On Oct. 22, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Specialization voted unanimously to recommend the IAPP’s new “Privacy Law Specialist” designation for formal ABA accreditation. Much work remains to be done, and many states have their own processes separate from the ABA’s, but the path is clear for the Privacy Law Specialist designation to be conferred upon applicants sometime in the first quarter of 2017. IAPP Research Director Rita Heimes has all the details for The Privacy Advisor.
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