CIPP/US Exam Annual Update (October 1, 2022)

CIPP/US Exam Annual Update (October 1, 2022)

Three new topics and update of the State Privacy Laws section.

The annual update on CIPP/US states that it will be updated again on October 1, 2022. Each year, up to a maximum of 10% of the exam material is updated. This blog is a complete guide on how to properly prepare for exams scheduled on or after October 1, 2022.

(Interested in CIPP/E? See this blog post about the latest update of the CIPP/E exam.)

No Change in CIPP/US Exam Blueprint

The Examination Blueprint indicates the minimum and the maximum number of question items to be included on the CIPP/US examination from the major areas of the Body of Knowledge.

The IAPP has published an Examination Blueprint for the CIPP/US exam (link). It will remain the same this year indicating no change in the structure of the exam for the year.

As for the previous year, the 90 exam questions will be distributed over five sections:


The average number of questions:

I. Introduction to the U.S. Privacy Environment



II. Limits on Private-sector Collection and Use of Data



III. Government and Court Access to Private-sector Information



IV. Workplace Privacy



V. State Privacy Laws




Changes to The Body of Knowledge

The IAPP also publishes a Body of Knowledge for the CIPP/US exam, which gives an overview of the topics covered in different exam sections. A few changes have been observed in the document.

Addition of New Topics

As of October 1, new topics have been added to the exam. It concerns three new topics:

  1. Schrems decisions, implications of – under the section international data transfers
  2. Exemptions under state (financial) laws – under the section financial
  3. Automated employment decision tools – under the section Privacy before, during and after employment

The addition of the Schrems decisions is of course inevitable given the developments around Privacy Shield.

Please note: These new topics have not yet been incorporated into the official textbook.

The most recent third edition was published in 2020. So, you will have to gather this information on your own (perhaps by taking an up-to-date course that incorporates it).

Privacy State Law Update

In addition to the new topics, it has also been observed that the privacy state law part (part V) has been updated. New laws have been added and outdated legislation(s) have been removed. Last year, the privacy state law part was seen to be the examiner’s favorite, and “cookie and online tracking regulations” were added as a topic. The state law part is very much in flux given all the recent developments taking place in the US.

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The recent updates in the exam format of the CIPP/US exam will be effective from 1st October 2022. The structure of the exam and the distribution of exam questions have remained the same. However, you must pay attention to the most recent developments regarding state legislation in your preparation. Do not forget to study the three new topics.

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