Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Is this the greatest thing to do before a data protection professional dies?

My blogs last month (on 16 & 17 January) listing a series of life-affirming events which may help assess someone's contribution to the data protection world have generated a lot of discussion. Some friends were awfully pleased to have been able to tick off at least half of them. One poor soul hardly managed to get into double figures. But she still has a smile on her face.

Others took up the challenge I issued on 23 January, and have provided me with some excellent sets of additional suggestions. It goes to prove my point that we data protection professionals don’t live with some disorder of neural development, with impaired social interaction and communication skills, exhibiting alarming tendencies of restricted and repetitive behaviour. We can talk about things other than data protection.

Please, I urge, don’t take these lists too seriously. Let’s put life, as well as data protection, into perspective.

And, on this special day, let’s accept that Eden Ahbez probably gave us all the best advice, in his poem “Nature Boy” written in 1984:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

Happy St Valentine’s day.