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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Feb. 14, 2020 Related reading: Roundup: EU, US, Australia and more

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What to talk about this week? The lack of privacy that is being given to the Royals, who are trying to decide if Canada is right for them? I think the allure of Madonna’s Manhattan apartment might win the day, but I bet in the long term, they’d end up with more privacy in Canada.

And, speaking of Canada, the timetable on privacy law reform seems to be pretty aggressive. At first, I think it was safe to say that with a minority government and the seemingly endless need to hold consultations, it would be at least a year before we saw anything meaningful. However, it might just be that all the parties agree to reforming our privacy regime and, as such, this might happen more quickly than we first thought. I’m not one to start spreading rumors, but I’ve heard that a bill might be tabled as early as late spring. I’ve also heard it could be in the fall. If you happen to be reading this and you are able to shed some light on this topic, please get in touch with me so that I can share.

Clearly, privacy law reform will be a major theme of discussion at this year’s IAPP Symposium at the end of May. Another thing to look forward to will be the Game Show. We’re trying to put together a Dragon’s Den-themed event, and we are looking for a small handful of privacy pros who might be willing to pitch their data protection ideas to a group of commissioners. If you think you have a good idea that the commissioners might debate and get behind, shoot me an email. All this is a bit of a moving target — I’ve yet to even secure the participation of any commissioner in my crazy idea. So feel free to nudge them, too!

I promise to keep you abreast of how the Game Show is unfolding this year, as well as any further rumors on privacy law reform. Call me the privacy version of Gossip Girl! 

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