For many years now, I’ve been concerned about the bombastic claims of many organizations that they do “privacy by design.” While I’ve tried to channel some of that concern into a systematic and rigorous process through my book, training and talks, I felt there needed to be some better imprimatur of doing privacy the right way. 

A few years back, bolstered by the inclusion of certification of “Data Protection by Design and Default” under Articles 42 and 25 of the General Data Protection Regulation, I began seeking the counsel of luminaries such as Daniel Solove and Ann Cavoukian on the design and promotion of a standard around privacy by design. I also joined the US Technical Advisory Committee on ISO/PC 317 Privacy by Design for consumer goods and services. While some early talks encouraged the creation of a standard, I knew to gain legitimacy, I couldn’t just proclaim it “Jason’s standard.” Even with my subject matter expertise, I knew that to gain traction, I needed to explore options for tying the standard to an organization. That exploration eventually led to the founding of the Institute you see before you and the gathering of many experts and knowledgeable people in the field. 

We now open the door to others to become part of the, hopefully, growing organization. 

 Our short-term roadmap is simple but many hurdles exist:



2024 and Beyond

I hope you’ll join us on this journey. Membership is free, but if you’d like to become an individual Ambassador, with a listing on our website and the ability to comment and contributes, for the Institute, fill out an application. If your organization would like to support the Institute, please feel review the Corporate Sponsorship options.

 I’m looking forward to the years ahead and bringing more privacy to the world.

– R. Jason Cronk, Founder and Chair, Institute of Operational Privacy Design

January 1st, 2022

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