What it means to be a Certified Information Privacy Professional (previously part of “About the Translator”)



By the way, in case you went “huh?” When you saw that I had a “CIPP/US”, here’s the deal with that:

(This content was previously part of the “About the Translator” page)

Because so few people outside of the Privacy Sector know what a “CIPP/US” is, today is your lucky day.


First, the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) is the organization that administers the exams.

The following is pulled from the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals)’ press release:

“Privacy professionals are the arbiters of trust in today’s data-driven global economy. They help organizations manage rapidly evolving privacy threats and mitigate the potential loss and misuse of information assets. The IAPP is the first organization to publicly establish standards in professional education and testing for privacy and data protection. IAPP privacy certification is internationally recognized as a reputable, independent program that professionals seek and employers demand.”


Ok, now that we’ve established that the IAPP is legit, here’s what the credential I earned is:
“The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world’s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program. The CIPP/US demonstrates a strong foundation in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations and understanding of the legal requirements for the responsible transfer of sensitive personal data to/from the U.S., the EU and other jurisdictions.”

Ok, ok, but seriously, what is a CIPP/US?

So what does all of that actually mean?
When I say that I know what’s up in the Privacy Law world, you don’t need to go read every one of my blog pieces to do your due diligence (though I encourage you to read them- they’re good). The IAPP (see above for why they for sure know what’s up in the Privacy Law world) already did a thorough review of my knowledge, & the IAPP can vouch for me.


So there you have it. A B.S., a J.D, a CIPP/US, and a licensed California attorney. Thus, Technology, the Law, and the Intersection (with a slant towards privacy).

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