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You people with IAPP certifications have finally figured out the secret to easy CPEs: Web conferences, whether live or recorded, were accessed like never before this year. In all, you registered for more than 26,000 individual programs. Of course, we also offered more web conferences than ever before, mostly thanks to the monthly "Ask the DPO" series, which ran 11 times in all. We ran 40 separate programs, besting our previous high of 24 in a single calendar year. 

And, yet, there would appear to be more demand still. Last year, we averaged 534 registrations per web conference program. This year, we currently sit at 646. We should probably get busy programming next year's events...

While we do that, here's a recap of the five most-attended web conferences in 2017. Maybe you missed them. Maybe you'd like to brush up on a topic or two. Either way, thanks for a great year in web conferences. We hope to see even more of you next year. 

  1. Knowing and Implementing the GDPR - Technically, this is a three-part series, but where's the fun in parts 1, 2, and 3 taking up three of the five spots on this list? Clearly, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation dominated all other topics in 2017, and it still hasn't even come into force yet. Buckle up for 2018. 
  2. What Are the 3 Key Stages of a GDPR Project? - Apparently, some of you have moved from figuring out what the GDPR says to figuring out how to implement it. This practical presentation breaks things down into digestible parts. 
  3. Introduction to U.S. Privacy Law - It's not all about the GDPR, however. This collaboration between the IAPP Westin Research Center and the Privacy Law Bar was gobbled up by potential privacy pros eyeing our space as they see the light at the end of the law school tunnel. 
  4. Vendor Management - Assuring Data Privacy and Security Compliance - Vendor management has become the hottest non-jurisdictional topic we cover at the IAPP. As privacy and data protection become ever more risk-based, it would seem that the greatest risks can be created by vendors, who are hard to audit and oversee. 
  5. Data Mapping and Article 30 - How To Scale in Practice - As we get into the nitty-gritty of GDPR compliance, we're seeing ever more technical solutions being offered on the market. Just about everyone is trying to figure out how to make the manual more automatic. 

And remember. All of the above are free to IAPP members. 

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