Michael Geist wrote an op-ed this past week about the need for privacy rights to be protected even as we're fighting terrorism. As privacy professionals, I think it’s an easy argument to understand. I just hope it resonates with average people who don't spend their lives thinking about these issues like we do. I especially hope it resonates with the politicians entrusted to develop laws and policies. If you don’t have the time to read Geist’s entire piece, then I hope you at least take two seconds to read our little summary of it, below.
Also in the news this week is the fact that Rogers was fined $200,000 for violating CASL. Apparently, they sent commercial electronic emails with a malfunctioning unsubscribe mechanism. Oh my gosh. What a huge violation of privacy! I mean, compare that to the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision that capped damages for the tort of invasion of privacy to $20,000. Something’s really not right here. I’ve raised this issue in the past (and I’ll keep on raising it): We need some congruence amongst our lawmakers who recognize the value of privacy. This haphazard methodology of protecting what is supposed to be a basic human right is really starting to bug me.
And, if you’re not tired of my rants and nags (although I can't imagine you're not), please know that the Canadian Advisory Board for the IAPP met this week to do some serious planning for next year’s Symposium. It’s going to be held on May 11 and 12 next spring and, from this week’s work with the CAB, I am feeling as confident as ever that the program is going to be awesome. I’d suggest putting it in your learning plan right now … and then start feeding me with your ideas on what we might be able to come up with for our popular Commissioners' game show.
Have a great weekend … and GO REDBLACKS on Sunday!
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