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The Privacy Advisor | New Additions to Privacy Pathways Related reading: Podcast: Are COVID-19 apps doing privacy well?

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The IAPP has launched our Privacy Pathways program, piloting it through partnership with schools like the University of Maine School of Law and the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara Law, with a goal of giving students access to privacy training and discounts on exams, publication opportunities and connections to the IAPP member community through internships and externships.

Now, the program is expanding, with the addition of the Privacy and Technology Project of the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA, and the University of Washington.

Expect more soon. Already there are an increasing number of schools offering privacy-related coursework.

“We are very excited to launch a program that helps students graduate as certified IAPP members, already connected to the largest community of global privacy professionals that exists,” said IAPP Director of Membership and Customer Relations Kim MacNeill, CIPP/US, who is the Privacy Pathways program lead. She noted that the IAPP will be encouraging its membership to network with Privacy Pathways students in their area and, when possible, offer experiential learning positions within their organizations. 

By partnering with IAPP through the Privacy Pathways program, Privacy+Tech seeks to further enhance the opportunities for its students to connect with, join and contribute to the privacy community.

-Timothy Yim, UC Hastings College of the Law

In deciding to explore offering this educational opportunity to students, UC Hastings College of the Law Institute for Innovation Law Privacy & Technology Project Interim Director Timothy Yim explained the Privacy and Technology Project (Privacy+Tech) is one of the founding programs of the Institute for Innovation Law and “has long recognized that the extraordinary growth of data in today’s information economy requires parallel advances in privacy policy, research and practice. The exponential growth of data collection and use, the rise in the number and complexity of privacy laws and the proliferation of big data has created an urgent need for skilled privacy professionals, especially in the globally disruptive tech arenas of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.”

With students coming to UC Hastings with an interest in privacy law, he explained, “By partnering with IAPP through the Privacy Pathways program, Privacy+Tech seeks to further enhance the opportunities for its students to connect with, join and contribute to the privacy community.”

So how will this partnership with the IAPP support privacy education for Privacy+Tech students?

“The IAPP is globally known as the preeminent organization for privacy professionals—offering not only an evolving set of certification credentials but also a community of practitioners interested in advancing privacy as a discipline,” Yim said. “Students in the program will benefit immensely from the additional career guidance and internship placements, the reduced cost of certification materials and exams and the opportunity to publish and share applied scholarship through IAPP channels.”

One of the Privacy Pathways goals is the development of graduates with privacy knowledge and practical skills who will be attractive candidates for entry-level positions upon graduation. Yim explained students entering the Privacy Pathways “will have both the requisite knowledge—including academic coursework in data privacy, international comparative privacy law and e-discovery—and the practical skills gained from fieldwork with start-ups and leading technology companies in San Francisco.”

That coursework will include data privacy, cyber-law, international and comparative IP law and e-discovery, he explained, and beyond the core classes, “students will also have the opportunity to explore fieldwork practicum with start-ups and leading technology companies; sector-specific electives in health, employment and education privacy, and policy research, writing and publishing … with the Privacy Pathways program in place, we expect our students to soon grasp and even begin contributing to privacy scholarship around best practices, trending issues, and developing standards.”

And, Yim pointed out, this is just the beginning: “In these days of the information economy, one would be hard-pressed not to recognize that privacy policy, law and practice is rapidly developing. Continued certification, membership and active involvement in the IAPP will ensure that our students, soon to be privacy professionals, will evolve with and become leaders in these fast-changing times.”

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