Center for Democracy and Technology Honored With International Association of Privacy Professionals 2011 Privacy Leadership Award

Mar 10, 2011, 15:53 ET from International Association of Privacy Professionals

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) today received the International Association of Privacy Professionals' (IAPP) 2011 Privacy Leadership Award for their ongoing innovation and advocacy in online privacy. The award recognizes a leader in the field of privacy and data protection who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

Leslie Harris, president of CDT, accepted the award at the IAPP's Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together leaders from government, academia and industry to discuss the privacy challenges facing society and the privacy profession. The IAPP is the world's largest association for the privacy profession.

"The Center for Democracy and Technology has consistently and effectively been a leading voice for free expression and privacy," said IAPP President and CEO Trevor Hughes. "We recognize the CDT for its tremendous work in building consensus among stakeholders and finding innovative solutions to guide online privacy policy."

For the last 15 years, the CDT has helped shape government policies and the debate on pressing Internet privacy and civil rights issues including freedom of expression, health privacy, consumer privacy rights, privacy legislation and information security. Among its many accomplishments, the CDT:

  • Coordinated the Anti-Spyware Coalition, which is widely credited with helping to produce a sharp drop in spyware infection of consumers' computers.
  • Organized the Digital Privacy and Security Working Group that successfully pressed Congress to pass a law protecting the privacy of electronic communications.
  • Helped to develop the concept of Do Not Track in 2007 and continue to develop guidelines that will make the concept workable for both companies and consumers.
  • Led efforts to compel industry to improve self-regulatory standards for behavioral advertising and have urged the FTC to raise the bar.
  • Guided policymakers on the creation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and balancing the First Amendment rights of older minors while protecting the privacy of young children.
  • Was a founding member of the Digital Due Process coalition, which looks to update the rules for government access to email and private files stored in the Internet cloud.
  • Served as the leading public-interest voice advocating for privacy-enhancing mechanisms to be built into technical standards.

"On behalf of the CDT, I am honored to have received this prestigious award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals," said Harris. "We are committed to enhancing free expression and privacy by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges through building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media."

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with more than 8,000 members across 68 countries. The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at

SOURCE International Association of Privacy Professionals