Two things to mention this week:
First, and quickly, if you've ever thought the people at the OPC are a dry, humourless bunch, think again. I’m not going to give it away, but let's just say their blog this week is worth reading — if not for the educational component, at least for the giggles.
The post was their way of announcing the results of the sweep they undertook last spring. You know, the one in which they decided to look at fitness trackers as part of the larger global initiative that had DPAs from around the world examining the internet of things. At the same time, the British Columbia office was busy with their own sweep where they looked at RFIDs used in public transportation.
Note: I was happy to see that my Fitbit got away relatively unscathed.
Second, I saw an interesting report this week from the IAPP itself. It was a little snapshot of statistics about Canadian membership in the IAPP. I thought I should share some of what I learned:
- We have 1,450 members.
- That’s 6 percent of the total worldwide membership. Maybe it’s me, but I think we should have more. Surely there are more of us doing privacy in Canada and if we increased our global percentage, we’d have more clout.
- The vast majority of our memberships are individual memberships as opposed to corporate memberships. It’s the exact opposite in the United States, where most members belong to the IAPP because their organization bought a corporate membership. I’m left scratching my head about this one. Are we really that different when it comes to commerce? Why do American corporations see the benefit of membership, whereas Canadians are left to piece it together one person at a time? If you have insights, please share them with me.
- We have members everywhere in Canada. That being said, 945 are in Ontario (c’mon, B.C. and Quebec) and one is in PEI and two are in the Yukon. I still haven’t found a member in the NWT or Nunavut, even though they have commissioners. Clearly we have work to do!
- We like to certify … 722 of us have the CIPP/C; 127 of us have CIPT; and 95 of us have CIPM. That’s pretty good, especially considering that there are dozens of others who have additional credentials like CIPP/US and CIPP/E.
All in all, I think it paints a portrait of a pretty healthy community of privacy professionals in Canada. I’m glad to be a part of it. Hope you are, too.
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