About

Advancing the talent, expertise, learning and skills in privacy, data protection and security.

We equip you with knowledge, continuous education, credentials, certifications and community to advance your career and transform your organization.

ADPPRO provides for a unique global certification validation for professionals and of international, regional and local acknowledgement of best practices in the field of privacy, data protection and security.

Purpose & Strategy

The ADPPRO community members, volunteers and professional staff, are guided by our Purpose and Strategy, which define the essence of who we are and what we do. The ADPPRO community is guided by our Purpose and Strategy, which defines the essence of who we are and what we do.

Our Purpose is the reason we exist to help professionals in the field of privacy, data protection and security and their enterprises around the world. Our Strategy is how we, as an organization and as individuals, deliver on our Purpose: promoting professionalism based on self-regulation creating a leeway towards practical implementations within the ambit of regulatory standards and norms. Our work which is based on acknowledged and unique validations, and the work for the professional community we support, has never been more essential in the history of global, regional and local requirements in the field. 

Our Work and Values

The ADPPRO community members, volunteers and professional staff is guided by our Purpose and Strategy, which define the essence of who we are and what we do. Our Purpose is the reason we exist, to help privacy, data protection and security professionals and their enterprises around the globe realize the positive potential validated professional best practices. Our Strategy is how we, as an organization and as individuals, deliver on our Purpose, the work we do every day to inspire best practices based confidence for more than 2,500,000 professionals in the field of privacy, data protection and security. The work and support by ADPPRO and its strategic alliances have never been more important in the history of professional standards development.

History

ADPPRO constituent professionals with similar inspirations and sense of serving important public needs got their start in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted in 1948, the The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and more specifically in the core principles contained in Convention 108 as a landmark instrument which has been modernized by the Council of Europe (CoE) to deal with challenges resulting from the use of new information and communication technologies and to strengthen the Convention’s effective implementation. Subsequently in 2016 the EU adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), one of its greatest achievements in recent years. It replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive which was adopted at a time when the internet was in its infancy.

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948, there were around 10 million telephone lines in the world. By any measure, the nature, scale, and complexity of the challenges companies face to respect the human right to privacy, data protection and security is growing substantially. They are also impacting all industries—there is not a single company in the world today untouched by the challenges of privacy, data protection and security.

Throughout the historical development of privacy, data protection and security, many tasks, roles and responsibilities have been identified in order to promote the purposes of relevant laws, regulations and corresponding norms and ethics, contributing to the growth of many professionals involved.

With the formal constitution of the association (Amsterdam, 16 November 2021) ADPPRO officially serves the global community of privacy, data protection and security professionals which is an ever-growing community of an estimated 2,500,000 million professionals in more than 163 countries, who span several roles in company management, compliance, ethics, audit, assurance, certification, governance, risk and information security.

ADPPRO now goes only by its acronym to reflect the broad range of privacy, data protection and security professionals we serve.

ADPPRO now goes only by its acronym to reflect the broad range of privacy, data protection and security professionals we serve.

Today, ADPPRO’s constituency is characterized by its diversity. The professionals ADPPRO is serving live and work in more than 180 countries and cover a variety of related positions in many disciplines such as Law, IT, Security, Compliance, Management, Ethics, Hacking, AI and so on serving a growing community of professionals such as in the field of privacy, data protection, security as well as educators, consultants and regulators. Some are new to their careers, others are at middle management levels, and still others are in the most senior positions.

ADPPRO constituents work in nearly all industry categories, including private services, financial and banking, public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and manufacturing. This unique diversity enables members to learn from each other and exchange widely divergent viewpoints on a variety of professional topics while getting recognized and acknowledged as per globally validated professional best practices.

Would you like to contribute to the ADPPRO Purpose and Strategy and join a daily growing association making a real difference for many professionals around the globe? Find out more in committees.

Global Network

ADPPRO’s chapter network reinforces a global reach and provides validated localized opportunities for constituents. 

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