To keep up with the firehose of news and press releases, we’ve decided to deliver some extra channel news to you on the side. Some of it is an extension of our own reporting on the channel that didn’t make its way into a story, while others might be content we’ve bookmarked and thought of sharing with you. We’re doing a similar thing at IT World Canada – check it out here. Missed last week’s CDN Morning Briefing? Read it here.
What you need to know, right now
It’s what you need to know right now in the world of IT and tech – ’nuff said. (Best taken with a side of Hashtag Trending and Cyber Security Today)
TikTok says it’s planning to sue the Trump administration, Apple and WordPress lock horns after Apple gets a little greedy, and a story about PIPEDA and Tim Hortons catches fire on Reddit.
Today’s podcast reports on a hack at Freepik, the settlement of a Weather Channel lawsuit, a flaw found in Google Drive and a U,.S. university pays a ransom.
New privacy guidance on the Internet of Things for manufacturers and Canadians
Attaching thousands of chattering devices to a network securely is a nightmare process.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently published guidance for manufacturers of IoT devices to help them develop smart devices that respect privacy rights and comply with federal privacy law. The OPC also published advice for Canadians on how to use smart devices while protecting their personal information.
Guidance for manufacturers
This guidance is for manufacturers that produce, design or ensures legal compliance for devices with embedded sensors that collect personal information—such as lights, doorbells, locks, smoke detectors, alarms, TVs, cameras, speakers, appliances, toys, clothing, watches or health trackers. It offers practical information and best practices to help manufacturers comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
Advice for Canadians
This advice can help Canadians learn the basics of protecting their privacy while enjoying the benefits of smart devices. It provides tips for individuals on identifying and reducing risks, such as checking how personal information will be used and shared, and turning off Internet-connected devices when not in use.
In case you missed it
The recent news that we maybe didn’t get to yet, or it’s the news we’ve reported on and feel is worth resurfacing. Sometimes we’ll also feature awesome stories from other publications.
Women in the IT Channel Virtual Recognition Luncheon
Last week, ITWC and Channel Daily News hosted the Women in the IT Channel Virtual Recognition Luncheon event. Read about our two category winners, the Mentor of the Year and Rising Star award winners here:
- From Channel Daily News – Ingram Micro’s Rising Star already flexing leadership muscles [FULL STORY]
- From Channel Daily News – Mentorship means helping others become ‘their best selves’ says 2020 winner [FULL STORY]
You can read about our three Hall of Fame inductees below:
- There’s no remote workforce without change management, says WIIT honouree  [FULL STORY]
- CommScope’s Canadian country leader’s leadership advice: Don’t create ‘a bunch of clones’ [FULL STORY]
- Women in IT Channel honouree worries about channel’s lack of visibility [FULL STORY]
These women are long-time members of the Canadian IT channel and are carving a path for the next generation of leaders. Congratulations to all of our honourees, category winners, and a big thank you to our sponsors.
We had a guided tour from Citrix of the comprehensive solution that allows employees to access their complete virtual desktops from any device.
With two years of digital transformation taking place in just a few months, IDC Program Vice President, Channels and Alliances Steve White says companies need to be cautious about the money they are spending.
In a recent CMO Talks podcast interview with ITWC President Fawn Annan, he said from a marketing perspective the rate of transformation has magnified the importance of having the right tools, the right data and insights, and also an intent to accelerate more effective marketing – because companies are now seeing less revenue come in.
The MSP subreddit community is growing rapidly. It’s also a chatty bunch. With more than 80,000 members as of today, it’s worth taking a look at what they have to say every once in a while. Here are the recent top posts. Click on the posts to view additional responses.