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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, July 31, 2015 Related reading: IAPP, UN release joint report on building ethics into privacy frameworks

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Ah, end of July in the midst of a wonderful heat wave (thank god for air conditioning). Are you thinking about back to school already? A privacy pro from a federal crown corporation who was thinking about her own back-to-school—aka privacy education—needs reached out to me this week for advice on which certification to obtain: the CIPP/C or the CIPM. It’s a question I get frequently enough, so I thought I’d outline my response here in the Digest in case others were wondering the same thing.

The CIPP/C designation tells the world that you know the “what” of Canadian privacy law and practice. The CIPM designation tells the world that you know the “how” of putting privacy into practice within an organization.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them, and for me and a handful of others, there has actually been merit—and benefits—to having both designations.  

For me, the designations have paid off. I think it gives my clients some reassurance, and clients are asking for the designation as either a mandatory or preferred criterion more and more often as I compete for work.

There are others who have obtained their designation who don’t work as independent lawyers or consultants. Instead, they work in-house. In speaking with these folks, they too have shared that obtaining the designation was a positive step along their career paths. 

If you're thinking about obtaining yours, start here. There’s a wealth of information at your fingertips.

And, just as a head’s up, it looks like we’ll be offering CIPP/C training in Ottawa in October and also in Vancouver in November, in conjunction with the Future of Privacy Conference. The details aren’t yet up on the IAPP website, but if you email me, I’d be happy to send you more information.

See? Tomorrow is the first of August, which officially kicks off the back-to-school campaigns, so I’m just trying to get you thinking about what you’re going to do for yourself in that regard. But you can sip those piña coladas just a bit longer. 

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