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The Privacy Advisor | IAPP releases new U.S. Private-Sector Privacy online training Related reading: What you need to know about the end of the CIPP/G certification


Privacy legislation seems to be moving at break-neck pace in 2018. As anyone trying to keep up with relevant laws and regulations will attest, it wasn't long after the EU General Data Protection Regulation came into effect that the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was suddenly passed in the U.S.

Given that privacy's regulatory landscape has seen such changes, among others, the IAPP released a new U.S. Private-Sector Privacy online training Aug. 15; the revamped product now covering both of these major privacy rules.

The updated training content aligns with both the body of knowledge and exam blueprints, which were recently updated themselves to coincide with the new, updated CIPP/US exams, released Aug. 1, 2018. 

Anyone who purchased the U.S. Private-Sector Privacy online training between Feb. 1 and Aug. 15, 2018 will automatically receive the revised product in their MyIAPP portal under “My Purchases.” Members who have a CIPP/G certification will also receive the new U.S. training.

Over the course of a four-month period, the IAPP Training Department worked with several subject-matter experts and IAPP members to develop the script used for the modules, as well as incorporating video clips from the live versions of the training narrated by IAPP faculty.

The updated training in action.

IAPP Training Director Marla Berry, CIPT, said adding relevant privacy legislation like the GDPR to the U.S. online training and as an exam topic was important considering the effect it has had on many U.S-based organizations. 

“We are making sure that the content is current, and a focus for us as always is to ensure the training aligns with the exam body of knowledge to support certification candidates who are studying for the exam,” Berry said. 

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 passed in late-June as the new training was already in development. As such, the new version of the product features an overview of the California rules, given the likelihood of changes that will be made to the law in the coming months.

Berry added that an important area of focus in the development of the new U.S. training was interactivity; the new version allows users to take in the material in the manner that best suits them.

“The training design supports diverse learning styles and preferences,” said Berry. “For example, if you do not want to approach the content linearly, you can start with the quiz and use those results to direct your learning down the most relevant paths for you. There are frequent knowledge checks and interactions built into the lessons, as well, to support engagement, motivation, and memorability.”

Those who complete the training will also be able to fill out an online evaluation at the conclusion to submit feedback on the course.

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