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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, October 17, 2014 Related reading: ICDPPC establishes working group on ethics and data protection in AI

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Have you eaten your way through your leftovers from last weekend? It’s funny how I can look forward to my first post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich on Monday, but by Thursday, I’m just dying for something different. Anything but more turkey and stuffing! 

It sounds like the DPAs from around the world were also looking to add variety to their lives by formally declaring a variety of new tools that will be used to advance international cooperation between offices. We know that the Canadian Office of the Privacy Commissioner has been instrumental in these types of international movements, and it seems to me that we probably have only experienced the tip of the iceberg. I, for one, have always thought that this was one way that the Canadians punch above their weight class, and I’m looking forward to seeing what might transpire next. What global giant might they, as a group, take on? 

Airing on TVO’s Doc Studio this week is a short film about the consequences to living our lives online. You might also be able to catch it on TV, but if you don’t, it’s available here.  

According to the site, the film examines the impact of digital technology and social media on the way we experience our lives. "In a world of ubiquitous smartphones, tablets and illuminated screens where billions of personal images have been shared online, our collective desire to share our lives on social networks may have unintended consequences that we are only just beginning to understand. Life After Digital examines the end of privacy, cyberbullying, digital revenge and a new generation of facial recognition technologies that effectively turn the face of every social media user into a barcode."

I’m hoping my teenagers take the time to watch it, because it looks pretty interesting and, frankly, there’s only so much nagging a privacy-conscious father can do!

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