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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, August 13, 2021 Related reading: Bolster your reading list with these privacy-themed books




Can you believe it’s the second week of August already? Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And, at least where I am, it’s been hot and humid.

Keeping with the laziness of the season, I’m keeping this introduction short and sweet this week. I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite privacy-related movies so you can curl up on the couch and get a little lazy too.

My number one all-time favorite is “The Lives of Others.” Have you seen it? Here’s the summary: “In 1983 East Berlin, dedicated Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), doubting a famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) is loyal to the Communist Party, receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.”

Next up is the Tom Cruise sci-fi — that is becoming less and less fictitious every day — “Minority Report.” Just don’t watch it if you get squeamish about gruesome eyeball scenes.

Another one about identity theft from a few years ago is “Enemy of the State.” Here’s the summary: “Hotshot Washington lawyer Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.”

More recent is the Emma Watson and Tom Hanks take on working for a Big Tech company called “The Circle.” I understand the book is very good too. It’s one I haven’t seen yet, but I’m looking forward to checking it out.

What privacy-related movie makes it on your top-10 list? If I get enough responses, I promise to post more film-watching ideas in a future digest. For now, let’s get back to taking a little break and enjoying the summer while we still can.

Have a great weekend.


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