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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, May 29, 2015 Related reading: Takeaways from record COPPA settlement

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If you weren’t able to tell from reading my remarks in this Digest over the past few weeks, I’ve been pretty excited about this year’s IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium. Well, now that it’s here, I can say that it has really lived up to expectations, and then some.

Whether it was because of the awesome Soiree at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a great new conference location, the very thought-provoking keynote by Steve Mann, the future directions of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner shared by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in his first annual address or the nuggets of great take-aways from the many breakout sessions, the conference has been a huge success.

With just under 500 people here, it is, simply put, energizing. It really gives me hope that all the challenges we face as an industry in the months and years ahead will be tackled by privacy professionals, from a whole range of different sectors, who really do care and who want to get things right. Privacy may be changing in some ways, or evolving, but it’s far from dead. Those of us here, and those of you who couldn’t make it but are reading this, know it’s more vital than ever before.

Some of the challenges we face in privacy are highlighted in this week’s news, so please take a moment to get caught up.

And if you were here at the Symposium in Toronto, I’d love to hear your feedback. We’ve already started planning next year’s event—May 10 to 12, 2016—with the hopes of making it even bigger and better. Knowing what worked for you helps us build the best conference possible, year after year. I hope you start making your plans to attend next year, too.

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