Invest in privacy professionals to reclaim trust

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By Trevor Hughes, executive director, International Association of Privacy Professionals

The enormous international focus on privacy is growing more urgent in the face of business and government pressure to get the economy moving again and restore trust in our most basic institutions. To help rebuild trust and bolster bottom lines in a down market, it pays to prioritize privacy. The time is right to make smart investments in an organization’s privacy professionals-the experts in the eye of the storm that must work collectively to find the right solutions to privacy challenges.

The IAPP, which now boasts 6,000 members across 47 countries, is convening its annual Privacy Summit in Washington DC from March 11-13, 2009-the largest and most global privacy event in the world. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with privacy regulators from Canada, France, Spain, Israel, the UK, Italy, the U.S. and the experts who help shape their policies across 60 different educational and networking sessions. Keynote speakers include Frank Abagnale (of Catch Me if You Can fame), one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents as well as internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier.

The Future of Privacy Forum will be strongly represented at this year’s Summit. Jules Polonetsky and Chris Wolf will be co-presenting a session entitled Cheers & Jeers: Who is Doing Privacy Right and Who Deserves Detention. Jules and Chris will also cover Behavioral Advertising Secrets: What Your Marketing and IT Team Didn’t Think You Needed to Know. Both topics should be big draws for the expected 1500 attendees at the Summit!

It’s this sort of event that advances our profession and helps privacy professionals work together to reclaim trust. Registration is open and we look forward to seeing you in DC.