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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, August 21, 2015 Related reading: Australia and Chinese Taipei join APEC's Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

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I’m just going to say it: The summer of 2015 is the Summer of No Privacy. Let’s hope the rest of the year improves on the track record set over the last little while.

So why do I say this? I figure you only have to look at the top three things that are getting headlines in the news these days. 

First, there’s the awful story about the Ashley Madison breach and the related release of tons of personal information—very sensitive information at that. I characterize it as awful because we can’t decide who is more morally corrupt in the scandal—the site, the people using it or the hackers. Needless to say, however, privacy took a hit.

Second, there’s the crazy Mike Duffy trial. Talk about exposing yourself to criticism over bad decision-making. This overexposure is nothing shy of a Duffy-Harper-Wright-Novak-etc. full monty. Thoughts sure to make you shiver in this heat wave we’re having.

Lastly, there’s the election. Not much irks me more than the fact that there is no privacy legislation that governs what our political parties can do with our personal information. And, with the election desperately trying to get our attention while we try to salvage what’s left of our time at cottages or on vacation, I find it disgraceful that the folks running the campaigns flaunt the fact that they don’t have to respect our privacy.

The Summer of No Privacy. Might sound strange, but I can’t wait for the fall. 

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