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The Privacy Advisor | Registration for the IAPP Privacy Bar Section Forum now open Related reading: At hearing, US lawmakers consider anti-trust's role in privacy regulation

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The IAPP Privacy Bar Section will have its inaugural forum at the conclusion of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2016 at Hogan Lovells’ Washington conference center on April 7, and registration for this separate event is now open.

The day-long forum is both a celebration of and kick-off for the IAPP’s newest venture, the Privacy Bar Section, the first of what will be a series of sections dedicated to providing specialized and niche content and services for various emerging groups within the privacy community. Section debuts for the U.S. federal government and health care are planned for later this year, and many others will follow.

The Privacy Bar Section, as the first out of the gate, is a group that aims to create a zone for privacy lawyers to discuss pertinent, trade-specific issues, foster scholarship and innovation, and otherwise enjoy like-minded company. “Privacy has only emerged as a field in law and practice over the past 50 years,” said IAPP Vice President of Research and Education Omer Tene. “We clearly see that it’s maturing.” As the field develops, so has the IAPP’s membership, with roughly 40 percent of its nearly 25,000 members holding a J.D. As such, “we realized a need for segmentation. ... It’s time that we recognize the existence of the privacy field in the field of law. And that’s why we’re doing this.”

As for the kick-off Forum event, it will include introductory remarks by IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, as well as Privacy Bar Section Advisory Board Chair Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovells partner and recent recipient of the IAPP's Privacy Vanguard Award, and FTC Commissioner Julie Brill. 

Attendees can then expect two separate panels, focusing on developing concepts of privacy harm and the specific challenges of inside counsel, featuring plaintiff's and defense counsel, and privacy leaders at the likes of Snapchat and LinkedIn. Afterwards, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, and Nicole Wong, former of the White House and Google, will deliver the event’s keynote addresses, discussing the role of the Supreme Court in a number of forthcoming privacy cases and developing privacy policy.

Dying to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, or just curious for more details? Learn more here. Seats for the inaugural event are limited, and the chance to reserve one will only be available until March 31.

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