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With the proliferation of big data, data analytics and new technologies and laws across the globe, privacy concerns have reached new heights. In turn, companies need to be sure that they’re handling information responsibly, retaining consumer trust and complying with laws—lots of them. That’s where the privacy pro fits in.

This topic page provides resources, news, tools and guidance on building a career in the privacy field.

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Featured Resources

Job placement three years in

This LinkedIn Live discusses strategies and shares tips about establishing a personal brand and making inroads in the privacy profession a few years out of graduate school.
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Privacy job market teeming with growth, opportunity

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present its challenges across the privacy landscape, it has also boosted the privacy job market. Privacy professionals are in high demand as companies seek to address emerging issues and legislation around the world.
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Pathways for Lawyers and Engineers

In this LinkedIn Live, four rising privacy stars, including technologists and lawyers, share stories, insights and tips about establishing a path to a privacy career.
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Latest News and Resources

IAPP Privacy and Data Protection in Academia

Universities around the world are adding privacy curricula in their law, business and computer science schools. The IAPP’s Westin Research Center has catalogued these programs with the aim of promoting, catalyzing and supporting academia’s growing efforts to build an on-ramp to the privacy profession. The information presented in the second issue of “Privacy and Data Protection in Academia, A Global Guide to Curricula” represents the results of our publicly available survey. Read More

The evolution of a privacy legal career

WilmerHale Partner Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, was featured on the “How I Lawyer” podcast hosted by Georgetown University law professor Jonah Perlin. Nahra, a former member of the IAPP Board of Directors and winner of the 2021 Vanguard Award, discussed how the privacy legal field did not exist when he first started his career. He also touched on how various aspects of law eventually led him to pursue a career in privacy and data security.Full Story... Read More

LinkedIn Live: 'Breaking Into Privacy: Tips for transitioning into privacy from other roles'

Published: December 2021 Privacy is a hot market. If you have even some privacy experience, many opportunities await. But how do you get that experience? In this LinkedIn Live, IAPP Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer Caitlin Fennessy, CIPP/US, Microsoft Senior Privacy Strategist Bethan Cantrell, Smartsheet Senior Privacy Counsel Holly Gion, CIPP/US, Hintze Law Managing Partner and Founder Susan Hintze, CIPP/US, CIPT, FIP, discuss the different ways to get your foot in the door in privac... Read More

Demand for privacy professionals soars in ‘dynamic,’ ‘cross-functional’ field

Growing up with a deep passion for sharks that left her wanting to “spend all day everyday with them,” Melanie Ensign pursued a college degree in marine biology. About halfway through the program, Ensign realized she was not particularly excited by jobs in the field, so she changed course, a decision that ultimately led her to cybersecurity and privacy. “If you were to ask me, was it a waste of time for me to study marine biology if this is where I was going to end up? Absolutely not,” said Ens... Read More

Profiles in Privacy: Life had other plans for eBay’s CPO, and it brought her to privacy
(IAPP, October 2021)
Applying privacy law in 3 dimensions: How to focus on solutions and maximize value
(IAPP, January 2021)
LinkedIn Live: ‘Job Searching During a Pandemic: Getting into Privacy in 2020’
(IAPP, November 2020)
Infographic – How to get started in privacy engineering
(IAPP, August 2020)
IAPP releases Job Task Analysis Survey results
(IAPP, October 2020)
Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map
(Cyber Seek)
How the pandemic has altered the privacy job search and what to do about it
(IAPP, November 2020)
Report: There is a shortage of privacy professionals
(IAPP, November 2019)
Privacy pros’ salaries rise, yet pay gaps by gender persist
(IAPP, May 2019)
White Paper – Five Lessons I Learned Transitioning from Security to Privacy
(IAPP, June 2018)
Understanding and Assessing Professional Credentials and Training
(IAPP, May 2018)
Looking for career advice? Take it from these former newbies
(IAPP, January 2018)
How I Got My Start in Privacy – Article Series
(IAPP, September 2017)
Infographic: How To Get Started in Privacy Law
(IAPP, March 2017)
DPO Job Description
(IAPP, February 2017)
From Here to DPO: Building a Data Protection Officer
(IAPP, January 2017)
Are You a Completely Green CPO? Here’s Somewhere To Start
(IAPP, September 2015)
How To Justify Your Existence and Your Program as CPO
(IAPP, September 2015)
Would a Law Degree Take Your Privacy Career to the Next Level?
(IAPP, August 2015)
Dissecting The Description
(IAPP, August 2014)
Web Conference: Legal Privacy Primer – First Steps in a Career
(IAPP, August 2014)
Chief Privacy Officer: Sample Job Description
(IAPP, August 2014)
A Proposed Career Roadmap for the Next Generation Privacy Professional
(IAPP, June 2014)
What Makes a Good Privacy Officer?
(IAPP, February 2014)
Interview Questions for Privacy “A Team” Candidates (2015)
(IAPP, January 2014)
Forging a path into the privacy profession—one expert’s journey
(IAPP, July 2011)
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