As a lawyer, I became involved in privacy back in 2011 when Vodafone asked our team to help them write best practice guidelines for developers. Back then there really wasn’t that much of a spotlight on privacy and certainly none you could find with a quick Google search. I understood the growing importance of privacy at the time so I joined the IAPP because it offers globally recognized certifications and would put me in a strong position to tackle the issues which were inevitably due to arise with mobile technology.
Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a non-profit organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. It provides a pool of people, tools and global information management practices that help privacy professionals in their day-to-day activities.
I chose to get certified for CIPP/E and CIPP/US. As a lawyer based in the EU, much of my focus was spent on EU legislation and I decided to also thoroughly study and understand US legislation. The legal systems are so different and the interpretation of the best practices principles also vary – the knowledge of both European and US principles can at times help to find a middleground, when this is feasible, in particularly delicate situations.
The base certificate (necessary to pass the EU and US certificate) also pushed me to increase my knowledge on security and global prerogatives. The knowledge gained has placed me in a position where confidence deriving from expertise allows me to work on a number of varied and avant-garde solutions.
The IAPP also offers its members the possibility to join the IAPP boards. I had the honor of being invited to join their EU Advisory Board. As a board member, I’m at the forefront of the privacy world and kept informed of the latest privacy issues not only through the great source of information the IAPP provides, but also by participating in the selection of topics and insightful panel sessions in the privacy sphere. Being a board member offers the chance to chair panel sessions and meet with the most eminent, knowledgeable and experienced privacy professionals. It allows me to constantly challenge my opinions and interpretations of best practices while getting inspired by others to find ways and strategies to implement privacy and security by design, in the most efficient way possible.
DMI’s clients know that privacy is important, but they may not have clarity on exactly how to tackle it or how to bridge the gaps between their need for more data and the users’ need for more transparency. The expertise in privacy and the value proposition we have built with our knowledge have helped us establish DMI as a thought leader in the digital space.
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Agathe Caffier, Senior Counsel, International Operations and Privacy Specialist