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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, 15 Sept. 2023 Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, 8 Sept. 2023


Things are moving quickly in my world these days, as we are increasingly getting engaged to deal with issues relating to artificial intelligence. Our clients are adopting this technology at a rapid pace, and there are clearly governance issues that need to be addressed. It reminds me a bit of the early days of the privacy profession.

I imagine many of you are in the same boat, whether the interest in or adoption of AI is via your clients or within your own organizations. To this end, there are some tools out there to help. First, the IAPP has great resources and an important two-day conference (plus training), the AI Governance Global 2023, that will take place in Boston. Check out the exciting agenda and many other resources in the IAPP AI Governance Center.

On the legislative front, of course, we have the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act built into Bill C-27, which should get to its Parliamentary Committee any day now. Meanwhile, yesterday was the last day to provide input to the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on their consultation on generative AI.

Lastly, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat released a related piece of guidance this week: their "Guide on the use of Generative AI." It sets up some parameters for the federal government's use of generative AI tools. It includes principles and best practices and identifies issues and policy considerations to help ensure it is done responsibly. In it, there's a dedicated section on privacy considerations. 

So, it seems like the whole world is all about AI. Definitely exciting and interesting times.

Before I let you go, on a completely unrelated note, I wanted to draw your attention to the IAPP's annual call for volunteers, which is now open. If now is the time for you to give back to your profession, consider applying for a position on an advisory board, or maybe spearhead a KnowledgeNet chapter. I'm told by previous volunteers that they find getting involved with the IAPP to be tremendously rewarding. I hope you think about it and have a great weekend.


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