New to privacy? You're in the right place.

The IAPP is the world’s largest privacy association. We’re here to provide information and a community for people working with personal data, and those who are interested in making data privacy their career.

On this page, you’ll find articles and tools to help you get a basic understanding of the job of the privacy pro and data protection laws and practices around the globe.

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What is this GDPR?

GDPR awareness guideYou may have heard the EU has a new data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation. It’s got some pretty strict rules and a very broad reach. Check out the IAPP’s GDPR Awareness Guide to learn the basics.

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Getting started in privacy law?

HowToGetIntoPrivacyLaw_IMGThis tip sheet from the IAPP offers ideas on how to increase your knowledge, visibility and marketability as you get started with a career in privacy law.

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Privacy 101 white paper series


Privacy 101 white paper series


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Privacy.Security. Risk. 2018

October 18-19
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how i got my start in privacy


This series from The Privacy Advisor, The IAPP’s flagship publication, features seasoned privacy professionals telling the story of how they got into the profession.

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Privacy 101 white paper series


Privacy 101 white paper series


Read up

Take a look at some great books that will help get you up-to-speed on some of the most pressing and interesting questions in privacy.

Intro-level privacy books

Privacy 101 white paper series


find a job

The IAPP Job Board lists opportunities for privacy professionals all over the world and at all stages of their careers. Take a look and see if there’s a good fit for you.

IAPP Job Board

Defining privacy


The IAPP Glossary is your go-to place to find definitions of important privacy terms.

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Privacy 101 white paper series




This free, hour-long web conference will provide a crash course in the legal foundations of privacy in the U.S. along with practical examples from the daily lives of privacy attorneys. Speakers: Ariel Brio, CIPP/US;  Arielle Brown, CIPP/US; and Kelsey Finch, CIPP/US; Moderated by IAPP Westin Fellow Cobun Keegan, CIPP/US, CIPM

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Privacy 101 white paper series


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Asia Privacy Forum

23-24 July

Suggestions for Students Interested in Privacy Careers

IAPP members from a variety of disciplines share suggestions for students considering a career in privacy.

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