I’m speaking at the C.D. Howe Institute luncheon in Toronto next Tuesday. It’s a roundtable discussion, and I can only imagine what might be on the minds of the business executives who will be in attendance. I wonder if many of them have been following the Zuckerberg hearings in Washington, and I suspect a lot of the discussion will be about the future of big data in Canada. I can’t imagine any of them wanting to be responsible for their organization’s privacy compliance failures.
The continued fallout from the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica matter seems to have serious legs. There is still lots of news being generated by it, and it clearly has regulators and politicians concerned. I'm not so sure about Canadian politicians. They have been rather silent in all this — at least when compared to their American compatriots, who were chomping at the bit to grill Zuckerberg.
One of my messages to the group at lunch next week is going to relate to all this, and, yes, of course to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. How could it not? I’m going to try to make the case that the evolving privacy landscape around the world is necessarily going to have a ripple effect in Canada. Already, many of my clients are doing things differently because of international obligations. The evolution of the Canadian privacy landscape will be a good thing, not just for consumers, but also for the businesses that serve those customers. As a small-business owner and as someone who advises businesses of all sizes, I’ve come to learn that doing privacy properly — and keeping up with the evolution of privacy — always makes for better business.
I’ll let you know how my message is received. That is, if we can get onto any topic that isn’t Facebook related.
Have a great weekend.
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