Howard Law Honors Taylor Sayles with IAPP Annual Westin Scholar Award

[Washington, DC] – February 10, 2021 – Howard University School of Law is pleased to announce the 2021 IAPP Westin Scholar Award honoree as 2L student Taylor Sayles.  With the growing need for well-qualified privacy and data protection professionals, the annual Westin Scholar Awards were created by the International Association of Privacy Professionals to support students who are identified as future leaders in the field of privacy and data protection.

As a participating Westin Scholar Award school, Howard Law’s Professor Andrew I. Gavil has selected Sayles to receive this year’s award in recognition of her work.

"It was my great pleasure to nominate Ms. Sayles's paper on biometric privacy laws for a Westin Scholar Award – the first awarded by IAPP to a Howard Law student,” Gavil said. “She tackled an important, complex and timely subject, researched it thoroughly, and insightfully analyzed a range of options for regulating biometric privacy as technology continues to evolve."

Sayles will be awarded the following:

  • A $1,000 cash award
  • A copy of the book “Privacy and Freedom”, by Dr. Alan Westin
  • Two years of membership with the IAPP
  • Three complimentary exams for IAPP certifications (CIPP, CIPM, CIPT)
  • Unlimited access to online training for recipient’s selected IAPP certification exams

“I feel truly honored to be a recipient of the Westin Scholar Award, and I am grateful to the IAPP for the opportunity,” Sayles said. “Like those before me, I hope to continue paving the way for women, people of color, and other minority groups to enter the privacy field.”

About the Westin Scholar Award

The Westin Scholar Awards pay homage to the late Dr. Alan Westin, a foundational voice in the field of privacy and data protection. Throughout his life, Dr. Westin researched and wrote about privacy, data protection, digital identity and the future of how societies will deal with issues at the intersection of law and technology. He is the namesake for the IAPP Westin Research Center and Fellowship Program, which was founded in 2013 and serves as a pathway for future leaders in the community. For more information on the Westin Scholar Award, please visit:

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit