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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, December 18, 2015 Related reading: IAPP, UN release joint report on building ethics into privacy frameworks

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Are you lining up to watch Star Wars this weekend? I think I’m going to let the dust settle a bit before I try to squeeze it into a hectic holiday schedule. But, as many of you know, I’m a huge Star Wars fan and waiting for this movie has me excited like a kid on Christmas morning.

Last night, over drinks, we discussed whether or not I could write about Star Wars in the Digest, notwithstanding that some people might feel like we are in Star Wars overload. As you’ll see below, I’m going to risk it.

Didn’t you ever wonder about the privacy issue associated with the fact that Han, Luke and Leia—after only knowing each other for a few brief moments—all get undressed together after they escape the garbage compactor? While I think most people are amused more by the fact that they had nice clean clothes to change into, I, on the other hand, think more about the lack of privacy amongst strangers.

Another way to look at Star Wars is through the national security angle: That Empire rivalled any current government’s ability to spy and surveil. I mean those drones—ahem, droids—that found the Rebel base on the frozen planet of Hoth in the Empire Strikes Back are, well, quite frankly, not science fiction anymore! Oh, the watchful eye of government.

And, lastly, what was with the lack of privacy (as in bodily privacy) with the Leia bikini in the Return of the Jedi? I mean, isn’t being chained to a big, fat, slobby worm torture enough?

I guess what I’m really trying to get at is that the Star Wars franchise needs a privacy pro to consult on future productions. And, yes, my hand is raised high to get that gig.

Happy holidays, everyone, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

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