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The Privacy Advisor | New Privacy Engineering Section aims to support growing field Related reading: Predictions for the year in GDPR

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While the excitement over the privacy industry's growth this year is palpable, there's yet another reason for enthusiasm: the IAPP is unveiling its brand new Privacy Engineering Section at this year's Global Privacy Summit.

The impetus behind the section's fruition is to convene, educate and foster communication with the professionals who are tasked with designing, developing and implementing privacy into products and systems: privacy engineers.

Alongside the changes the privacy field has undergone in recent years given its tremendous growth, roles and responsibilities have undergone diversification and expansion as well. Though the privacy field has traditionally been driven by law and regulation, more and more, an increasing number of privacy professionals fall outside the scope of legal and compliance departments. Privacy engineers are now part of the picture, working on privacy-enhancing technologies or privacy-management platforms. As such, the Privacy Engineering Section aims to serve this specific and growing community of privacy technologists and engineers. The IAPP's 2016 launch of its Privacy Bar Section, similarly, aimed to specifically serve the lawyer community.

And at an inaugural event on March 29, the Privacy Engineering Section Forum will bring together tech-focused privacy pros for an information-packed half-day of targeted programming and networking.

Specifically, the new section aims to help translate policy and privacy standards into code and to foster communication across all levels of an organization, particularly among the IT and engineering community. For privacy and data protection to be effective, there has to be communication at all levels and a shared understanding of privacy and data protection by design and by default — both important concepts under the GDPR — and how they relate to privacy engineering.

Reflecting on the new initiative, Omer Tene, IAPP’s chief knowledge officer, said, “Privacy and data protection touch every organizational process, from product architecture and design through sales and marketing to corporate ethics and legal compliance. The new section will expand the IAPP’s mission of defining, supporting and improving the privacy profession globally, into a new field.”

The forum was designed by the IAPP Privacy Engineering Section Advisory Board, a group of leading privacy academics and professionals who stand ready to tackle the barriers involved in developing effective frameworks to guide the burgeoning privacy engineering community. The board includes academics as well as government and industry experts in privacy engineering and technology.  

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