The global trends in privacy are crystal clear: more privacy laws, more litigation, more regulation, more compliance obligations, more enforcement actions, bigger sanctions. These trends are in place in almost all countries around the world, so the cumulative global impact of these trends on companies is dramatic. So, want to guess which profession will profit from these trends?: yes, the lawyers. (In full disclosure, I'm a lawyer.)
Privacy has changed over the years. It is becoming an increasingly litigious matter. A few years ago, privacy class actions hardly existed. Now they're as common as locusts in Egypt.
Lawyers are trained in reading, understanding, interpreting and advising on laws and legal compliance programs, and defending their clients from litigants and regulators. Privacy laws, everywhere in the world, are vague, so they leave much room for legal interpretations. The lawyers' skill set is becoming more and more central to the role of privacy leadership. Moreover, lawyers benefit from attorney-client privileged communications internally, which is becoming an absolutely essential mechanism for privacy lawyers to have deep, unfettered, unfiltered exchanges of information and advice with their clients.