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American Bar Association Considers Privacy Specialty

Nov. 10, 2016, 5:00 AM

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates is expected in February to consider accrediting a “privacy law specialist” designation to allow certified privacy lawyers to hold themselves out as specialists in the field.

The ABA is considering whether to allow the privacy competency certification designation of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a standard for lawyers to market themselves as a privacy specialist.

“Privacy is a recognized area of growth for legal specialization and there aren’t any other organizations in the United States that credentials people as privacy specialists,” Rita Heimes, IAPP research director, told Bloomberg BNA.

Although ...