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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Oct. 11, 2019 Related reading: Breaking down the political support behind proposed US privacy laws

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The IAPP Canada Symposium is set for May 21 to 22, 2020. I know that may seem like a long time from now, but it’s really not that far away. It’s time to start thinking about submitting speaker proposals. If you have an idea for a presentation, please don’t procrastinate — submit your ideas on this page.

And, as proof that it’s not too early to talk about what will be the largest and best IAPP Symposium ever, we have a bit of news to share. University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Professor Michael Geist will present our inaugural Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture on the keynote stage. We know that Michael gave a keynote just a few years ago, but we also know you’ll agree there’s no better person to launch the memorial lecture series. Through his professional and personal relationship with Ian, Michael has a unique take on Ian’s legacy, and we are delighted that he has once again agreed to speak at the event.  

On another note, the federal election’s advance polls open this weekend. Have you made up your mind yet? In my mind, and sadly, digital issues and privacy have ended up being a minor topic during the election with no party taking a strong enough position or proposing a forward-looking vision to the future. I know there were bits and pieces, and I was hoping for more, but am glad to see one organization bring some of these issues forward by creating an easy-to-use web-based form to interact with various political parties. The program, created by Open Media, allows you to request access to your personal information held by each political party. Here’s a link to the tool, and we have a story on it below, too. Shall we all give it a try?

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