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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) in Japan is going to introduce a legal scheme of “anonymously processed information” this year in order to facilitate high utilization of individuals’ information, while protecting privacy. This system can be made effective by implementing anonymous processing technology and its methods of operation in accordance with Privacy by Design.
One big ethical question looms over all the excitement about the potential of big data: how do we maintain privacy while gleaning insight from all of this collected information? Marie Wallace offers some fresh thinking on the topic. One of the ideas she shares is to encourage transparency…to have retailers share some of the assumptions they’re making about us – as they’re advertising to us.
Recorded at the Privacy Laws & Business 24th Annual International Conference: Aligning privacy accountability with your business strategy – 11 – 13 July, Cambridge, UK