The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has only been around for 13 years. Compare that, for example, to the American Bar Association, which was founded in 1878, or the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which traces its roots back to 1884. But for a profession still in its infancy, there already seem to be some established “generations.”
I view the emerging generation as the fourth generation. The opportunities available for them as privacy professionals are unprecedented: undergraduate and graduate coursework, privacy-centric graduate degrees, fellowships, and internships with established privacy departments. But they face the same question that the generations before them faced: is privacy a viable career?