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Operationalizing Privacy by Design: A Guide to Implementing Strong Privacy Practices

It has been almost 20 years since I developed the concept of Privacy by Design (PbD). Reflecting on the widespread acceptance it currently enjoys within the public and private sectors, as well as its endorsement by the International Association of Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Union and privacy professionals, is particularly gratifying. While much has been accomplished, much work still remains. The time has come to give deeper expression to PbD’s 7 Foundational Principles. Over the past several years, my Office has produced over 60 PbD papers with many well-known subject matter experts ranging from executives, risk managers, legal experts, designers, analysts, software engineers, computer scientists, applications developers in telecommunications, health care, transportation, energy, retail, marketing, and law enforcement.


Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D.
Information and Privacy Commissioner
Ontario, Canada