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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, August 4, 2017 Related reading: Takeaways from record COPPA settlement

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Thirty thousand plus! That’s the number of IAPP members around the globe. You are definitely part of a global community, and if you’re not a member yet, jump on board. The IAPP is one of the fastest-growing organizations in the world, and it’s because of the great membership benefits that come with belonging.

This is on my mind today because I’m wrapping up weeklong meetings with the people who work at the IAPP headquarters in New England. Joining me were people who, like me, play an IAPP ambassador role for Europe, Asia and Latin America. We had great discussions about the globalization of our profession, and it seemed that we couldn’t speak for more than two minutes without bringing up the GDPR’s effect on data protection everywhere.

Last week, I wrote about the GDPR’s effect in Canada in terms of whether or not we will make the necessary changes to our laws in order to remain adequate with respect to European standards. For sure, that is still preoccupying (and will be for some time), but I think the GDPR’s influence on the data protection profession goes even further. Did you know that the IAPP membership in Europe grew by 30 percent in the last three months alone? That’s remarkable growth that will have ripple effects everywhere, including in Canada.

For our very special KnowledgeNet in Vancouver September 8 (you will be there, right?), we will be talking about the GDPR and its effect in Canada. Also on the agenda will be an address from the deputy commissioner of British Columbia and a chat about handling data breaches. If you’re anywhere near Vancouver, I hope to see you there. My more immediate future has me tackling at least one delicious lobster before heading back home to Ottawa.  

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