Have you heard of the Commissioners’ Game Show? It’s this little thing we’ve been doing at the IAPP Canada Symposium for about eight or nine years now. Maybe it's more of a twist on a game show. I am the host, and commissioners in attendance are the participants. We have some laughs, get to see them in a more personal light, and we also talk about serious privacy issues of the day.
I’m always grateful for the willingness of our various privacy commissioners to participate. I’m glad they, too, see that it’s an excellent opportunity for the privacy profession to get to know their regulators a little better.
Some years have been wackier than others, granted. When I tried to organize several game shows at once, one for each commissioner, "The Price is Right" style, yes it was a bit much. "The Newlywed Game" still goes down in Canadian privacy history — at least in my memory! Along the way there have been competitive exchanges, lots of laughs and even wardrobe malfunctions. But, at the core, fun and substance.
Yesterday was no exception. I was pleased to have Assistant Commissioner David Goodis from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and newly appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. Michael McEvoy, duke it out for the glory. We played a game where we quizzed them on some “famous” privacy quotes and they had to guess who said the line and in what context. If you weren’t there, you missed a few a laughs and digs. And I won’t keep you in suspense: David Goodis won the competition, but Michael McEvoy did give him a good run for his money. I mean, do you remember who said, “I am the reasonable person?” That's privacy trivia at its best.
Of course, as we close out this year’s conference we are already thinking about the one ahead. And, inevitably, what kind of game show we will do to expose our commissioners’ human side and educate folks along the way. So, if you have ideas or feedback drop me a line. Have a great weekend and for those of you who came to Toronto and who are traveling back, have a safe journey.
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