Upcoming Changes to the CIPP/E Exam in 2023: What You Need to Know

Upcoming Changes to the CIPP/E Exam in 2023: What You Need to Know

Every year, the IAPP updates its exams to match the changing privacy landscape. If you’re taking the CIPP exam in late 2023, you might worry about being ready for the changes on October 2. However, only about 10% of the exam will be different. With this notice, you can adjust your study plan or take the test before the changes.

Key Takeaways from the 2023 CIPP/E Exam Update

As you gear up for your CIPP/E exam, it’s essential to be aware of the key changes on the horizon. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Continuity in the Body of Knowledge: While updates have been introduced, they are largely incremental. The Body of Knowledge has seen a few additions, mainly involving new legislation and guidelines. These changes reflect the evolving privacy landscape and ensure that your knowledge remains current and relevant.
  • Unchanged Examination Blueprint: The structure of the exam remains consistent. The distribution of questions across various topics has not been altered, so your existing preparation strategy remains valid. Focus on mastering the foundational concepts and the GDPR, as they continue to be the cornerstone of the CIPP/E exam.
  • Incorporation of EDPB Guidelines: The latest exam update incorporates four new guidelines from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). While this addition may require some extra reading, it’s important to note that these guidelines play a vital role in enhancing your understanding of current privacy practices.
  • Synchronization with the Latest CIPP/E Handbook: The recent update harmonizes with the third edition of the CIPP/E handbook, released earlier this year. Many of the changes introduced in the update were already covered in the latest handbook, providing a comprehensive and unified resource for your exam preparation. For detailed insights, refer to our blog post: The Latest Edition of the CIPP/E Handbook: Key Updates for Exam Preparation.

Exploring the Changes

Now, let’s delve into the specifics of the changes brought by the 2023 CIPP/E exam update. These modifications primarily involve the integration of recent legislative developments and emerging best practices. By understanding these updates, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the exam confidently and efficiently.

Part I – Introduction to European Data Protection

• Convention 108+, added under section A.

• Relationship of GDPR with other laws: Payment Services Directive 2, Data Governance Act, Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, added under section C.

• NIS Directive (2016) / NIS 2 Directive (2022), added under section C.

• EU Artificial Intelligence Act (2021), added under section C.

Part II – European Data Protection Law and Regulation

• Special categories of personal data, added under section A.

• Guidelines 01/2022 on data subject rights – Right of access, added under section F.

• Guidelines 01/2021 on Examples regarding Personal Data Breach Notification, added under section G.

• Guidelines 9/2022 on personal data breach notification under GDPR, added under section G.

• The Transatlantic Data Privacy Framework and implications of Schrems decisions, added under section I.

• Guidelines 8/2022 on identifying a controller or processor’s lead supervisory authority, added under section I.

Part III – Compliance with European Data Protection Law and Regulation

• Dark patterns, added under section D.


As you gear up for the upcoming changes, remember that thorough preparation remains your strongest ally. Our CIPP/E course is designed to provide comprehensive guidance, ensuring you’re well-equipped to tackle the exam’s evolving landscape. With a wealth of resources, practice questions, and expert support, our course is tailored to enhance your exam readiness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to prepare effectively and excel in your CIPP/E exam.

Enroll in our CIPP/E Course today and embark on a journey toward mastering privacy regulations and practices. Your success is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, the CIPP/E exam update is an opportunity to showcase your adaptability and dedication to staying current in the dynamic field of privacy. With the right approach and resources, you’re well on your way to achieving your CIPP/E certification and advancing your career.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended to offer insights into the upcoming changes to the CIPP/E exam. For comprehensive exam preparation, we recommend enrolling in our CIPP/E course.

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