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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Dec. 18, 2020 Related reading: App privacy details available in Google Play Store in February 2022

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Whoa … what a year it has been! This being the last digest of 2020, I thought I’d reflect on what will surely go down as one of the strangest years in our history.

I think it’s easy to focus on the negatives, ranging from tragic losses of life, huge hits to the economy, to the frustrating inconveniences of canceled travel plans. 

But, in the spirit of silver linings, here is my list of privacy positives that came about from the past year.

First, the federal government finally introduced legislation that, if passed, will significantly modernize our private sector landscape. A welcome development for sure.

Second, we started the process to modernize the federal public sector, the Privacy Act, as well. Albeit this is a baby step, it’s still nonetheless a move in the right direction. I hope it picks up momentum in the new year.

Third, the (lightning) quick advances in video technologies allowed us to pivot our ways of working and connect in new and unprecedented ways. Sure, there were hiccups — remember the stories of people hacking Zoom calls? — but we definitely found platforms that allow us to stay connected and provide privacy protections, too.

Fourth, and consistent with my point number three above, we didn’t let the pandemic stop us from pursuing professional development. It was with the help of some innovative technologies, but we adapted and ended up training thousands of people around the world. It’s such a success that we’re already planning to do more in the new year. In fact, I’ll be hosting another virtual live CIPP/C training in March. Reach out to me if you want to learn more.

Fifth, our household pets have had so much human time that many can be seen with permanent smiles on their face. At least that’s what I’m seeing on Instagram all the time, not to mention my own household. I’m sure our dog Molly will be terribly upset if and when things get back to “normal.”

I am definitely looking forward to a bit of time off over the upcoming holidays. Sure, it will be different, but I’m now used to different, and we’re going to do everything we can to make it special. I hope that you too can find some time to recharge and enjoy the holidays. 2021 is bound to be action-packed and full of more — hopefully better — surprises.

Cheers and happy holidays, everyone!

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