McDonald Hopkins' Blair Dawson has earned CIPP/E Certification

CHICAGO - Blair Dawson, a Member in McDonald Hopkins' national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Blair joined McDonald Hopkins on March 14, bringing to the firm decades of insurance coverage and claims knowledge in addition to in-house and corporate experience in the financial and insurance industries and a background in responding to data security incidents.

Privacy professionals are the arbiters of trust in today’s data-driven global economy. They help organizations manage rapidly evolving privacy threats and mitigate the potential loss and misuse of information assets. The IAPP is the first organization to publicly establish standards in professional education and testing for privacy and data protection. IAPP privacy certification is internationally recognized as a reputable, independent program that professionals seek and employers demand.

The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world’s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program. The CIPP/E is the first professional credential specific to European data protection professionals that is part of a comprehensive, principles-based framework and knowledge base in information privacy. The CIPP/E encompasses pan-European and national data protection laws, the European model for privacy enforcement, key privacy terminology and practical concepts concerning the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows. Dawson joins the ranks of professionals worldwide who currently hold one or more IAPP certifications.

“Blair’s level of data privacy experience and expertise, coupled with her knowledge of the latest developments in this evolving area of law make her an invaluable addition to our team,” said Dominic Paluzzi, Co-Chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, when Dawson joined the firm. “Every day, our clients are facing the growing threat of more prevalent and more dangerous cyber attacks. Having someone like Blair who can provide proactive guidance and incident response support in the event of an attack adds tremendous strength to our rapidly growing cyber team.”

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