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Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire! 

It has been an exceptionally busy week in the privacy world here in the U.S.; the American Data Privacy and Protection Act remains top of mind, and Michigan lawmakers introduced a state privacy law. Privacy pros here and across the pond are anxiously waiting to see if the White House will drop an executive order on the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework early next week. 

You can catch up on the latest news in this week's digest. 

Switching gears slightly, the privacy profession has been growing rapidly, largely due to the pandemic and the overnight shift to remote work and school, in addition to the explosion in privacy legislation worldwide. And, if these last few months are anything to go by, privacy isn't slowing down anytime soon, especially here in the U.S. 

A quick check on LinkedIn shows more than 200,000 data privacy postings, and a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report projects the field of data protection and information security analysts will grow 33% between 2020-2030.

Earlier this month, the IAPP released its Foundations of Privacy and Data Protection program. The program is aimed at helping new privacy professionals — those that may have transitioned into the field from another career as well as those who suddenly find themselves responsible for solving privacy issues within their organization — something that might sound familiar to many readers.

The one-day training course covers privacy fundamentals, laws and concepts and emphasizes the need to blend privacy across departments. The IAPP hosted a LinkedIn Live event that explored how and why the course was developed, the benefits for privacy professionals and organizations. 

Additionally, the IAPP has a host of educational tools available for readers. There some on the IAPP website, including training, certification and a news and resource library. The Building Your Career topic page has been updated with resources, tools and guidance to assist in professional development.


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