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Cavoukian’s Privacy Outlook for 2019: Positive Trends and Ongoing Challenges

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As we approach 2019, Dr. Ann Cavoukian reflected back on the passing year to discuss some of the biggest privacy stories and concerns. When asked by Adrienne Batra, editor-in-chief of the Toronto Sun about the outlook of privacy for the New Year, Dr. Cavoukian mentioned that protection of privacy will get better. However, we should be cognizant of privacy concerns with respect to political parties, Statistics Canada’s acquisition for personal data, as well as the notion of Smart Cities. With the New Year comes a federal election for which privacy remains a hot topic. “When the privacy commissioner requested that […]

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

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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

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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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