To make this website work properly, and to provide the most relevant products and services to our site visitors and members, we place small data files called cookies on your device. This policy provides you with information about cookies and how to control them for this website.


What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie, to develop a record of the user’s online activity. Cookies on this site may be delivered in a first-party (set by the IAPP website) or third-party (set by another website) context and may also be set in association with emails you receive from us.

Cookies help us enhance your experience when using the website. They also help us understand how people use our site, such as which pages are most popular, so that we can better serve our site users and members.


Cookies Used on This Site

  1. Essential Cookies. These cookies are essential for enabling user movement around our website and providing access to features such as your profile and purchases, member-only resources, and other secure areas of the website. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and do not remember where you have been on the internet. This category of cookies cannot be disabled. The table below provides more information about these cookies.
    Cookie Name Source Expiry Purpose
    iapp-sso IAPP 24 Hours This cookie is utilized for login purposes to ensure that account information is available when members log onto our website.
    orig-iapp-host IAPP 24 Hours This cookie is used to enable redirect functionality when you log out of the IAPP community site (
    privacy_notice IAPP 365 Days This cookie controls our banners related to privacy updates.
    privacy_notice_count IAPP 365 Days This cookie allows us to hide the privacy notice banner once you have had an opportunity to view it at least three times.
    office_closed IAPP 24 Hours This cookie tells the website whether or not to display the office closed banner to the user.
    wp_session IAPP 365 Days This cookie is used for commenting on stories. After logging in to, WordPress uses this cookie to find your session, populate the comment box, and save your comments.
    __cfduid IAPP 365 Days This cookie is set by a security feature employed by IAPP’s cookie management tool, as required by one of its vendors, Cloudfare. The _cfduid does not allow for cross-site tracking. It also does not allow for Cloudflare to follow users from site to site by merging various _cfduid identifiers into a profile. Rather, Cloudflare places the _cfduid cookie in a user's web browser after the user has met certain security requirements. The _cfduid is a one-way hash of certain values and cannot be used to personally identify the end user.

    Google Tag Manager is a script (tool) that facilitates the installation of non-essential Google Analytics Cookies (see below) and marketing cookies. It is not a cookie, it is essential to the proper functioning our site, and it does not have an expiration date.
  2. Analytics Cookies. We use Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies collect information in the aggregate to give us insight into how our website is being used. We anonymize IP addresses in Google Analytics, and the anonymized data is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The following table has more information about these cookies.
    Cookie Name Source Expiry Purpose How to Block
    _ga Google Analytics 365 Days These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use We use the information to help us improve our site through the collection of anonymized information (e.g. number of visitors to website and where visitors have come to the site from). Open the Cookie Consent Tool to set your preferences or delete these cookies through your browser settings.
    _gid Google Analytics 365 Days

    To view an overview of the privacy of your Google Analytics cookies please go here:

    You may install a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by going here:
  3. Marketing Cookie. We also use a marketing database management program that deploys a cookie when a user interacts with a marketing communication, such as a marketing email or a marketing-based landing page on our website. This cookie collects personal information such as your name, which pages you visit on our website, your history arriving at our website, your purchases from the IAPP, and the like. Collected information is used to evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns or to provide better targeting for marketing. The following table provides more information about this cookie.
    Cookie Name Source Expiry Purpose How to Block
    _mkto_trk Marketo 2 Years This cookie collects personal information (e.g. name, pages visited, and purchase history) to link a visitor to the recipient of an email marketing campaign. This cookie stores only your unique identifying browser and internet device information. Open the Cookie Consent Tool to set your preferences or delete these cookies through your browser settings.


Third Party Websites' Cookies

Third party cookies are cookies set by someone other than the website owner for purposes such as collecting information on user behavior, demographics, or personalized marketing. When using our website, you may encounter embedded content, such as YouTube videos, or you may be directed to other websites for such activities as surveys, to make payment in currency other than U.S. dollars, or for job applications. These websites and embedded content may use their own cookies. We do not have control over the placement of cookies by other websites, even if you are directed to them from our website.

How to Control and Delete Cookies

  1. Consent Tool
    The IAPP Cookie Consent Tool can be utilized to customize your cookie preferences. The tool will record when you have consented to our cookie policy and will ask for consent again annually to ensure users stay up-to-date with changes to our cookie and privacy policies. The consent tool specifically controls the marketing cookies and analytical cookies set by using our primary public website ( Essential cookies cannot be disabled, nor can the tool be used to block cookies on third-party websites linked from our website.
  2. Using Your Browser
    Many of the cookies used on our website and through emails can be enabled or disabled through our consent tool or by disabling the cookies through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow the instructions usually located within the “Help,” “Tools” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Please note that disabling a cookie or category of cookies does not delete the cookie from your browser unless manually completed through your browser function.


Cookies that Have Been Set in the Past

Collection of your data from our analytics cookies can be deleted. If cookies are deleted, the information collected prior to the preference change may still be used, however, we will stop using the disabled cookie to collect any further information from your user experience. For our marketing cookie, when a user opts out of tracking, a new cookie is placed to prevent users from being tracked.



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