Privacy 101


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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.

Have a question not answered here? Feel free to reach out.

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

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

Foundations of Privacy and Data Protection
IAPP Foundations of Privacy and Data Protection is a comprehensive training course for quickly teaching privacy fundamentals to organizations and individuals. It is available in three modalities – self-paced online, live online and in-person.

IAPP Privacy 101 White Paper Series
The IAPP produces an extensive amount of white papersreports and surveys covering all aspects of the privacy space. Here you can find the seven white papers that make up the IAPP’s Privacy 101 white paper series.

The IAPP publishes resources to help businesses of all sizes navigate the privacy and data protection space.

Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses
Often, a privacy and data protection “team” in a small organization means one individual, who may have other responsibilities, doing their best to follow the laws, and implement policies and practices that protect consumer and employee privacy. Particularly in the digital age, following the laws of all the jurisdictions in which a small business operates can be a complex undertaking. The IAPP understands these people need all the help they can get. This topic page aims to help with tools, tips and guidance.

How to Build a Privacy Program
An effective and successful privacy program is built not just on knowledge of the relevant laws and how to comply with them, but also on proactive strategies, persuasion, political savvy, adaptability and a passion to get an exciting new organizational function up and running. It’s a tall order. This topic page offers tools, guidance and research to help you achieve your goal.

Incident and Breach Management
On this topic page, you’ll find news, resources, tools and insights covering cyber incidents and data breaches, with guidance on how best to respond as an organization or individual in the occurrence of being impacted by a breach.

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.

Building Your Career
Hone your expertise, learn about the privacy job market and up your interview game with the resources the IAPP has provided here.

IAPP Job Board
Job seekers, meet top employers looking for privacy professionals. Employers, meet job seekers with the privacy training you need. Our job board and Career Central Digest newsletter connects people worldwide. Browse what’s available. Advertise your openings. Your career and your organization will thank you.

IAPP Career Central
Sign up for the Career Central Digest, a monthly newsletter with exclusive IAPP-written articles about the industry of privacy and highlighting a select few available positions in the industry.