Santa & GDPR

A Modern-Day Christmas Story

Episode 5 - Monday 24th December

Twas the 24th of December, Santa’s sleigh was ready.

The elfs they were happy, the reindeers were steady.


Santa was jolly, and ready to go

Finally all heard his laughter go "Ho-ho-oh-ho"


He jumped in his sleigh, they all heard his call.

"Go Rudolph, go Dancer, now dash away all!"


The elfs all were dancing, Mrs. Claus with a smile.

This was best party they’d had in a while.


Santa was eager, flew at the speed of light.

The sky over Europe was so clear that night.


All around the world, to every girl and boy

Santa after all of this, gave them their wished for toy


But it’s not all for the kids, underneath the tree.

For all of the parents he left his privacy policy.


This was a story, where Santa nearly went to far.

But in the end he found out - how to handle GDPR.


With a little help from his friends - he found out what to do.

Merry Christmas to all - from Santa and ComplyTo

Episode 4 - Sunday 23rd December

Twas the night before Christmas, the sleigh was soon packed.

The elfs had been busy, the presents were stacked.


Kasper and Santa, had one more to-do.

They had to fly to Brussels to talk with EU.


They saddled two reindeers, to EU for answer.

Side by side they flew on Rudolph and Dancer.


Over the ice sheet, a beautiful sight.

All was lit up by the green northern lights.


An hour later arrival, in Belgium they were.

Junckers office the destination to talk with the sir.


They knocked on his door, a jolly voice “Come in”.

Entering the office, a man with a grin.


“Santa in my office, what a pleasant surprise”

"What can I do now to help out you guys?"


"The reason for us, Juncker, to travel this far

Is because I have problems to comply’ GDPR."


"You’re not the only one, Santa, many people do.

Good thing there’s help, like our friends ComplyTo"


"But what are your worries, Nick, please tell me that.

No people in the world wants to see Santa sad."


"An important thing I see, for me not to fail

To put cameras in presents, so I can surveil."


Juncker was speechless, took a moment to think.

Walked to his cabinet, he needed a drink.


"Santa, I’m sorry, but it is not your choice.

You cannot hide cameras inside of the toys"


"Cameras in toys, Santa, you sound like a crook.

This is almost worse - than the case with Facebook"


"Okay, I get it - cameras are out.

But I still need surveillance - in that there’s no doubt."


“I’ll use the world’s elfs - they’ll be my spies.

They create my list of who’s naughty and nice.”


“I’m wondering now - if we can leave out

That my elfs spy on kids - when they’re out and about”


“In my privacy policy - there’s no spying elf

To keep Christmas spirit - keep that to yourself”


"Elf’s teasing children and making a mess

The magic of Christmas, should be kept from the press."


"Sure thing, St. Nicholas - I’ll give it a try."

In Juncker he’d found - a powerful ally


Juncker was steady "We’ll just make a bill.

And vote in the parliament for that there’s time still"


Juncker wrote down, the proposals and ran.

Never had Santa seen as fast an old man.


He gathered all members his voice filled with stress

He yelled out to all "WE MUST SAVE CHRISTMAS!"


The vote was unanimous, from the parliament applause.

This was the birthday - of the “Santa Clause”.


Santa was joyful and ready to fly.

After all children, would see Santa in the sky.

Episode 3 - Sunday 16th December

Twas the Third Advent Sunday, Santa made a noise.

"Why would I tell him, how I spy on girls and boys."


"Holy moly, now how did it come so far?

I can’t have no secret because of GDPR."


Frightened and tired, full of despair.

Santa walked out in the cold winter air.


Dragging his black boots, now where did he go?

Walked up to what seemed to be a huge pile of snow.


He knocked on the snow, hollow it was.

From the inside a squeaky voice yelled, “Hey it’s the boss”


Santa he entered, thousands of screens.

Each of them panned over children and teens.


Surveillance of all, that is the price.

For Santa to find out who’s naughty and nice.


St. Nick he was nervous, but help was on its way.

Soon Kasper would be flown in there with the help from his sleigh.


Soon sleigh bells were ringing, from Rudolph and Dancer.

Together they signaled the arrival of Kasper.


When Kasper came in, and saw all the screens.

Stunned and shocked exclaimed “Stop this by all means”.


“How do you film this, all those girls and boys?”

Santa replied “There’s cameras in the toys.”


“Okay now, Santa, give me a minute to think”

“In all this Christmadness there must be a link”


His brain worked overtime, then suddenly a plan.

Father Christmas yelled loudly, “Kasper you’re the man!”


"A contractual obligation, you get from the kids.

Every time from them you receive a wish list."


"And not just the letters, you get it from all

Who talk to your representatives around the world’s malls."


"The “Santa” in Tivoli, the “Santa” in a center

Your representatives collect contracts, all through December"


“Amazing news, Kasper, oh what should I do

Without the great help, from you and ComplyTo?”


“No worries Father Christmas, it’s all for the cause

Though after all this thinking, I need a little pause.”


“But Kasper, we’re not done yet, there’s still a little twist

What about all the kids who didn’t send their list?”


“But honestly Santa, are cameras worth the price?

There must be other ways though, to find out who’s nice”


"What other ways, Kasper, if I cannot spy

Children will cry, with no Santa in the sky"


“We’ll figure it out, Santa, I’ll see what I can do

Maybe next week, oh, we’ll fly to EU”

Episode 2 - Sunday 9th December


Twas the Second Advent Sunday, Santa was pissed

“What can I do now, without my long list?”


He thinked and he grumbled, suddenly a smile

This the European Union won’t forget in a while


"Mrs. Claus come in here, I have a great plan

Please gather the elfs now, as fast as you can"


"And Rudolph, and Dasher and Dancer and Vixen

I need all the help I can to carry out this mission"


They all assembled quickly, in the gift factory they met

St. Nick climbed the podium, in his beard a drop of sweat


Yelling “They ruin our business, we can’t use the list

Now we’ll deliver the gifts with a twist."


Together they’d build, a cannon so huge

The world would think Santa had become Ebenezer Scrooge


To shoot presents over Europe, in random directions

No child’s wish would be granted, oh the lack of affection


Pedro would get a Barbie and Astrid a toy tractor

Even though these are gifts, none of them wished for


Santa’s name would be ruined, not easy to fix

These were the thoughts of Pepper Minstix


The stressed side of Santa, no child must know

Everyone deserves to hear his laughter go "Ho-Ho-Oh-Ho"


Pepper ran towards the podium and told him to stop

A frustrated Santa exclaimed “Bah! Humbug!”


"But St. Nick don’t you see, it’s affecting the kids?

And think about their parents, they’ll tear us to bits"


"Let’s consider this again, now what can we do?

We’ll get some milk and cookies, and think this thing through."


"Maybe we could ask somebody, but I sure don’t know who

Santa replied with joy, how about our friends at ComplyTo?"


"They’re helpful and smart, their platform is great

They are the ones who can put this thing straight."


A phone call to Kasper, executive in chief

The advice he gave Santa was of so high relief


"Be transparent about what type data you collect

GDPR is way easier than the layman expects"


"EU just wants to make sure you comply

With a law simply created to protect you and I"


"ComplyTo will guide you, that is for sure

As long as your storage of data’s secure"


"Thanks a million, Kasper, you’re such a great guidance

We’ll stop building the cannon, and put it behind us"


"Just one more question, Santa, I hope that’s okay"

"Of course, son, no problem; now what do you say?"


"You’ve data on children, from Barbados to Belgium

My question goes merely, to how you collect them?"


“The connection is weak, Kasper, I don’t know what to say

Let’s talk about it in a week on Third Advent Sunday"

Episode 1 - Sunday 2nd December



Twas the First Advent Sunday, in silence and peace

Only noise from the chimney and an elf with a sneeze


St. Nick was online, suddenly took a stand

He rose from his chair in his house in Greenland.


He yelled and he cursed, rose his fist towards the North Star

“What is this nonsense they call GDPR?”


Mrs. Claus come in here, I’m torn into bits

How am I supposed to give gifts to all those kids?


Easy now, Nick, she said to comfort

There must be a way, without cutting Europe short


He looked up the law, his red cheeks turned pale

“I always thought Santa was too big to fail”


Profiling and consent, I’ve never heard of such things

Maybe I should call Juncker and pull in some strings.


No, there must be a way, without saying bye

I must do all I can, so I can comply.


He panicked and yelled, “BURN ALL THE LISTS!”

I’m done if the EU find, I have data on kids.


I cannot profile who’s naughty and good

If they fine me 20 million, there’s no money for food.


My reindeers will be starving, no energy to fly

No children in the world will see Santa in the sky.


I know a way, Santa, with just a few clicks

Said an elf from the corner, his name Pepper Minstix


It’s easy and simple, so don’t just say boo

We can make our privacy policy using ComplyTo.


They signed up and tried on

Just an hour later, then their policy was done.


Easy and simple, Pepper I must admit that to you

But about profiling and consent, then what must I do?


It’s getting late Father Christmas, I must hit the hay

Let’s find out in a week on Second Advent Day.

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