For newcomers, the world of data privacy can feel a little like alphabet soup.

There are so many acronyms floating around the data privacy world that understanding which laws, activities, and concepts belong where is a real challenge.

We at Ethyca understand the pain, so we curate a running Acronym List where you can find all data privacy abbreviations from A – Z in a single, central location. Bookmark this page for handy reference—we update it weekly.


GDPR General Data Protection Regulation (European Union)
CCPA California Consumer Privacy Act (California)
PIPEDA Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada)
PDP Personal Data Protection Bill (India)
GLBA Gramm-Leech-Billey Act (USA)
POPI Protection of Personal Information (South Africa)
COPPA Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
NPICIC Nevada Privacy of Information Collected on the Internet from Consumers Act (US-Nevada)

Organizations and Roles

EDPS European Data Protection Supervisor
DPO Data Protection Officer
EDPB European Data Protection Board
DPA Data Protection Authority
ISA Independent Supervisory Authority





Data Subject Request
DPIA Data Protection Impact Assessment


PbD Privacy By Design
PII Personally Identifiable Information
RbAC Role-based Access Control
RTBF Right to Be Forgotten