December 3, 2017

Privacy by Design in Law, Policy and Practice A White Paper for Regulators, Decision-makers and Policy-makers

The argument that privacy stifles Big Data innovation reflects a dated, zero-sum mindset. It is a false dichotomy, consisting of unnecessary trade-offs between the benefits of Big Data and the protection of personal information within Big Data sets. In fact, the opposite is true—privacy drives innovation and it forces innovators to think creatively to find solutions that serve multiple functionalities. We need to abandon zero-sum thinking and adopt a positive-sum paradigm where both Big Data innovation and privacy may be achieved.
November 27, 2017

How Blockchain Will Allow Banks To Become Brokers of Personal Data

Today’s announcement by six banks that they are jointly investing $20.5 million ($27 milion CDN) in a fin-tech start-up called SecureKey is part of an ambitious plan to roll out a national digital identity network in Canada that aims to offer a secure way for consumers to exchange all types of personal data.
November 27, 2017

Privacy By Design – Ready For Takeoff

Privacy By Design (PbD) was developed by former Ontario, Canada Information & Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian in the late 1990s. As a framework of foundational principles for protecting individual consumer’s data privacy rights, PbD’s promotion of strong privacy defaults, effective notice, and empowerment of user-friendly privacy options has been widely acclaimed by privacy professionals worldwide. Yet it would be wrong to say that the principles of PbD have been aggressively applied in actual practice. Why not?