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CIPP/E Frequently Asked Questions




What is the purpose of CIPP/E?


The purpose of CIPP/E is to provide a globally recognized certification for professionals who work in the field of data protection and privacy in Europe. CIPP/E stands for Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe, and it is developed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community1.


By achieving a CIPP/E credential, you demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to protect personal data and ensure compliance in Europe. You also show that you are committed to advancing your career and staying updated on the latest developments and best practices in privacy.


"By achieving a CIPP/E credential, you demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to protect personal data and ensure compliance in Europe."


Who should take the CIPP/E?


CIPP/E is a valuable certification for anyone who works with personal data, such as data protection officers, lawyers, consultants, auditors, IT professionals, marketers, HR managers, and more. Book your CIPP/E training at www.menaexecutivetraining.com/cippe.


What is the meaning of CIPP/E in IAPP?


CIPP/E covers the essential European data protection laws, regulations, and standards, as well as the practical aspects of implementing and managing a privacy program in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is the most comprehensive and influential data protection law in the world. CIPP/E also addresses the challenges and opportunities of cross-border data transfers and the emerging technologies that impact privacy.


How do I get CIPP/E?


Register for training including exam certification at www.menaexecutivetraining.com/cippe. Complete the training course and take the CIPP/E exam at a time convenient to you.


What does the CIPP/E cover?


The CIPP/E covers the following topics:

  • Data Protection Laws: The history and evolution of data protection laws in Europe, the key concepts and principles of data protection, the roles and responsibilities of data controllers and data processors, the rights of data subjects, and the enforcement and compliance mechanisms.

  • Personal Data: The definition and scope of personal data, the types and categories of personal data, the lawful bases for processing personal data, the special categories of personal data and the exemptions, the principles of data minimization, accuracy, storage limitation, and integrity and confidentiality.

  • Controllers and Processors: The obligations and liabilities of controllers and processors, the contracts and agreements between controllers and processors, the joint controllership and co-responsibility, the accountability principle and the data protection by design and by default approach, the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) process, the records of processing activities (ROPA), and the security of processing.

  • Processing Personal Data: The rules and requirements for processing personal data for specific purposes, such as direct marketing, employment, health, research, biometrics, online activities, CCTV, etc., the restrictions and safeguards for international data transfers, the adequacy decisions and appropriate safeguards, such as standard contractual clauses (SCCs), binding corporate rules (BCRs), codes of conduct, and certification mechanisms.

  • Data Subjects’ Rights: The rights of access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, data portability, object, not to be subject to automated decision-making, including profiling, and related remedies, the conditions and exceptions for exercising these rights, the obligations of controllers to respond to these requests, and the best practices for handling these requests.

  • Supervision and Enforcement: The role and powers of supervisory authorities (SAs), the cooperation and consistency mechanism between SAs, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the one-stop-shop principle and the lead SA, the complaints procedure and the right to an effective judicial remedy, the administrative fines and penalties, the civil liability and compensation for damages, and the criminal sanctions.

  • Emerging Technologies: The impact of emerging technologies on privacy and data protection, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain, cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), big data analytics, facial recognition, etc., the challenges and risks posed by these technologies, such as bias, discrimination, transparency, accountability, etc., and the potential solutions and best practices to address these challenges.


What is CIPP/E certification?


A CIPP/E certification is a credential that validates your expertise in data protection and privacy in Europe. It is developed by the IAPP, the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community.


A CIPP/E certification can help you advance your career and demonstrate your commitment to privacy. It can also benefit your organization by enhancing its reputation, reducing risks, and ensuring compliance in Europe.


"A CIPP/E certification can help you advance your career and demonstrate your commitment to privacy. It can also benefit your organization by enhancing its reputation, reducing risks, and ensuring compliance in Europe"


What is the role of the CIPP/E?


The role of the CIPP/E is to be a qualified and competent professional who can protect personal data and ensure compliance with the European data protection laws, regulations, and standards. A CIPP/E can perform various tasks and functions related to data protection and privacy, such as:

  • Designing and implementing a privacy program that aligns with the organization’s goals and values, and complies with the GDPR and other relevant laws.

  • Conducting data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) to identify and mitigate the risks of processing personal data, especially for high-risk operations or new technologies.

  • Maintaining records of processing activities (ROPA) to document the purposes, categories, recipients, transfers, retention periods, and security measures of personal data processing.

  • Responding to data subjects’ requests to exercise their rights, such as access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, data portability, object, and not to be subject to automated decision-making, including profiling.

  • Managing the contracts and agreements with data processors and other third parties who process personal data on behalf of the organization, and ensuring that they provide adequate guarantees and safeguards for data protection.

  • Implementing appropriate measures and controls to ensure the security of personal data processing, such as encryption, pseudonymization, anonymization, etc.

  • Establishing policies and procedures for reporting and handling data breaches and notifying the supervisory authorities (SAs) and the affected data subjects within the required time frames.

  • Providing training and awareness programs for the staff and stakeholders on data protection and privacy issues, such as the principles, obligations, rights, risks, best practices, etc.

  • Monitoring and auditing the compliance of the privacy program with the applicable laws and standards, and addressing any gaps or deficiencies.

  • Keeping up to date with the latest developments and changes in the data protection and privacy landscape, such as new laws, regulations, guidelines, codes of conduct, certification mechanisms, etc.


Is CIPP/E certification hard?


To obtain a CIPP/E certification, you need to pass a 90-minute exam that covers the essential European data protection laws, regulations, and standards, as well as the practical aspects of implementing and managing a privacy program in compliance with the GDPR. You also need to maintain your certification by earning continuing privacy education (CPE) credits every year.


Exam preparation requires significant self study after completing the training. There are resources available to help you study, including the Sample Questions, the Body of Knowledge, the Exam Blueprint, and The Glossary of Privacy Terms.



Is CIPP/E globally recognized?


CIPP/E is a global certification for data protection and privacy professionals in Europe. It is developed by the IAPP, the world’s largest privacy community, and accredited by ANSI under ISO standard 17024:2012. It covers the European laws, regulations, and standards, such as the GDPR, as well as the practical aspects of implementing and managing a privacy program.


It also addresses the challenges and opportunities of cross-border data transfers and emerging technologies. CIPP/E demonstrates the expertise, perspective, and understanding of data protection and privacy in Europe. It is valuable for anyone who works with personal data, such as data protection officers, lawyers, consultants, auditors, IT professionals, marketers, HR managers, and more.


Who should take the CIPP/E?


• Anyone involved with data protection processes and programs.

• Data Protection Officers.

• Data Protection Managers.

• Auditors.

• Legal Compliance Officers.

• Security Managers.

• Information Managers.


Register for your CIPP/E training at www.menaexecutivetraining.com/cippe.


What level is CIPP/E?


CIPP/E is a general certification for privacy professionals in Europe. It covers the European laws, regulations, and standards, such as the GDPR. CIPM and CIPT are more specific certifications for privacy program management and privacy technology. All three certifications are developed by the IAPP and accredited by ANSI.


What are the benefits of CIPP/E?


CIPP/E is a credential that shows your data protection and privacy skills in Europe, especially the GDPR. It boosts your career and salary by proving your privacy knowledge and compliance. It also qualifies you to be a data protection officer (DPO), which is required by the GDPR for some organizations.


Where can I find CIPP/E training?


Online and in person training is available through MENA Executive Training, an IAPP Authorised Training Partner. Contact us to book your CIPP/E training at www.menaexecutivetraining.com/cippe.




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