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New Verdict: Stats Can. is Suspending the Acquisition of Personal Data

Source: GPS by Design

Earlier this week Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence and founder of the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence spoke to 580 CRA Radio on the latest verdict of Statistics Canada suspending its acquisition of personal data. After several weeks of debate and discussion, followed by surveys, approximately 74% of Canadians boldly stated that they did not feel comfortable providing access to sensitive personal information. The initial proposal put forward by Statistics Canada was to gather financial data from 500,000 households and to de-identify the data later. This translates to acquiring personal financial information such as credit card statements, purchases, loans […]

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New Wave towards Preserving Privacy and Freedom Leading to Decentralization

Source: GPS by Design

This week Dr. Ann Cavoukian shared her thoughts as a guest columnist on the Toronto Sun to reiterate the importance of embedding privacy as well as decentralizing data. Since the resignation from Sidewalk Labs, Dr. Cavoukian has taken the time to review and reflect upon the prevalent issue of increased personal information being housed in central databases with the ability to be controlled by a few dominant players. This, in turn, opens up the possibility of either having the data hacked or used for unintended purposes. To date, well known academic, business and innovative leaders such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates […]

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International council on global privacy and security, by design

Source: GPS by Design

Since its publication in the Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr. Ann Cavoukian’s article, International council on global privacy and security, by design has continued to leave a mark within the research community. Several researchers from a wide range of disciplines have expressed a keen interest in Dr. Cavoukian’s paper. As a result, we are sharing the full PDF version of the article with the online community to disseminate the article. Article Title: International council on global privacy and security, by design Abstract: The conceptualization of a zero-sum paradigm of privacy versus public safety continues to threaten meaningful design practices of […]

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Accelerating The Future of Privacy Through SmartData Agents

Source: Forbes Article from November 3, 2018

In an effort to embed privacy at the forefront of artificial intelligence and the use of big data, Dr. George Tomko and Dr. Ann Cavoukian have introduced “SmartData”, an evolution of Privacy by Design. Last week, Forbes’s regular contributor, Hessie Jones published an exciting article on the latest advances in artificial intelligence with respect to privacy highlighting some of the ethical challenges that privacy and information specialists are facing to date. In the article, Dr. Tomko shared his thoughts on how the current internet environment has been constrained by the misinformation and online propaganda from large digital platforms, who have […]

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