CIPP/E Curriculum Changes for October 2023

CIPP/E Curriculum Changes for October 2023

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) continually updates its Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) curriculum to align with the evolving privacy landscape. At, we have noticed many individuals eager to pass the exam before October to avoid studying the updated materials. However, as a future privacy professional, it is imperative to stay informed about these changes, regardless of the exam content. This practice is not only recommended but also mandatory to maintain the validity of your certification.

Key Changes

At 22Academy, we embrace the modifications and additions to the CIPP/E curriculum. We ensure that our training courses and practice exams remain current. Below are some of the key changes to the CIPP/E curriculum set to take effect on October 2, 2023:

  • Special categories of personal data. There will be more emphasis on the special categories of personal data, which are those that are considered to be more sensitive, such as genetic data, biometric data, and health data. This is due to the increasing use of these types of data by organizations, and the need for businesses to have a better understanding of how to protect them.
  • Schrems I and II. More content will be added on the Schrems I and II decisions, which were landmark rulings by the European Court of Justice that have had a significant impact on the transfer of personal data outside of the European Union. These decisions have made it more difficult for organizations to transfer personal data to the United States, and businesses need to be aware of the new requirements in order to comply with data protection laws.
  • New enforcement guidelines. There is a focus on the new enforcement guidelines issued by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). These guidelines provide more detailed guidance on how organizations can comply with data protection laws, and they are essential for businesses that want to avoid fines and other penalties.
  • Social media's dark patterns. Content will also be added on social media's dark patterns, which are design choices that are used to manipulate users into sharing personal data or making other decisions that they might not otherwise make. This is a growing concern, as social media platforms collect and use vast amounts of personal data about their users.

These represent some of the significant updates to the CIPP/E curriculum for the year 2023. 22Academy encourages all privacy professionals to stay current with these changes to provide the most accurate advice and guidance to their employers and clients.

CIPP/E Update Course

If you plan to take the CIPP/E exam in October 2023 or later, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the curriculum modifications. is launching a series of blog articles that comprehensively explain each revised or newly added curriculum item. Additionally, we will introduce a concise training course tailored for individuals who have already completed a course elsewhere but require the latest information to confidently sit for the CIPP/E exam in October or beyond.* This training course will be accessible starting from the weekend of September 16th, and you can pre-register now. Use the discount code EARLYBIRD1023 for a 25% discount.

The CIPP/E certification holds substantial value for privacy professionals aiming to showcase their expertise in data protection. The changes introduced to the October 2023 curriculum reflect the ever-evolving privacy landscape, ensuring that the CIPP/E remains a pertinent and respected certification.

*If you have enrolled in another CIPP/E training course on or are already using one, there is no need for the additional update course, as our courses and exams will always remain up-to-date.

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