In 2014, privacy is a global practice. New technologies, new business models and an ever-changing legal landscape mean that privacy professionals are reaching out beyond their national borders more than ever before. With the Snowden revelations, the seamless flow of data across borders has come under increasing pressure from politicians, policy-makers and privacy regulators. But politics aside, whether you’re a small developer looking to break into a new foreign market or a giant multi-national harmonizing data governance policies, there are potentially hundreds of diverse data protection laws and regulations you need to internalize, comply with and account for. Even the most experienced professionals can use a hand in navigating this brave new world.

That’s why, as part of our mission to bring practical, applicable research to privacy pros around the world, the IAPP’s Westin Research Center is now announcing the launch of its Global Privacy Surveys. An ongoing series of comparative, internationally-oriented surveys, the Global Privacy Surveys deliver practical answers to everyday privacy questions by tapping local experts from nations all around the world. With more than 16,000 members in 83 countries, the IAPP is ready to help privacy professionals around the world share their experiences and wealth of knowledge to the benefit of all.

Is English Okay?
Click here to see the results of our first Westin Global Privacy Survey.

The first Global Privacy Survey asks a simple, yet fundamental question: Does a privacy statement have to be translated into the local language to be valid, or would consent to an English statement suffice? With responses from 21 countries on four continents, privacy professionals can see where their English privacy policies are good to go, where they’ll need to hire translators and where—in the best of legal tradition—the answer depends on additional factors. In addition to seeking the general view on the validity of consent to an English-language privacy statement, the survey also asks whether English is sufficient in two special cases where consent is critical: employees and consumers. Click here for the full results.

For future Global Privacy Surveys, if you have an everyday privacy question you would like to see answered and believe the feedback could help privacy pros around the world, or if you practice in a country that is not yet representedand would like to participate as a rapporteur, please e-mail

The IAPP Westin Research Center extends its greatest thanks to the rapporteurs who generously shared their time and expertise to produce this survey.

Written By

Kelsey Finch, CIPP/US


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