Articles By Ann Cavoukian

Operationalizing privacy by design: From rhetoric to reality

Information management and its protection is imperative to any organization’s success, regardless of its size. Privacy breaches can have profound and long-term adverse consequences, including significant financial impact and damage to the reputation

Published on: December 4th, 2012 Ann Cavoukian

Big data requires big privacy

By Dr. Ann Cavoukian I am a great lover of quotes. The thirteenth century Persian poet Jalal-e-din Mohammad Rumi once beautifully wrote that it is necessary to “speak a new language so that

Published on: June 27th, 2012 Ann Cavoukian

It’s NOT “just a number!”

by Ann Cavoukian  I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of understanding of a key privacy issue – the ease of data linkages in an ever-increasingly online world, that renders otherwise non-identifiable

Published on: January 26th, 2012 Ann Cavoukian

NFC the next big thing? Do it right – embed privacy from the start

by Dr. Ann Cavoukian   There was a lot of buzz about Near Field Communications (NFC) at The Future of the Internet Congress this week in Ottawa.  NFC is an emerging short-range wireless

Published on: December 4th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

LinkedIn founder dead wrong about privacy being just for ‘old people’

Here we go again. Once more, the chief of a major online social network has called into question the relevance of privacy in today’s connected world. This time it is Reid Hoffman, founder

Published on: October 11th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Mobile devices & medical research — protecting personal health information

By Dr. Ann Cavoukian Nothing disappoints me more than news of yet another lost unencrypted USB key or laptop containing personal health information. Unequivocally, there have been far too many breaches of this

Published on: September 13th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Mobile Privacy: beware of unintended consequences

By Dr. Ann Cavoukian Okay, I admit it – I would be lost without my smart phone! Many of us are increasingly reliant on our mobile devices and the multitude of services they

Published on: August 1st, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Privacy by ReDesign: Building a better legacy

Support for embedding privacy into systems from the outset – the essence of Privacy by Design (PbD) – is increasingly well-established, and PbD is now being applied by leading organizations developing cutting-edge applications.

Published on: May 26th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

iPhone tracking controversy & PlayStation breach: Both unacceptable and avoidable

The following is an excerpt from Commissioner Cavoukian’s keynote presentation at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium on May 5, 2011. Privacy by Disaster is what you get when you don’t do Privacy by

Published on: May 5th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Taking privacy mobile: Embedding the principles of Privacy by Design

Mobile technologies are increasingly ubiquitous, and provide us with growing opportunities to stay connected and informed from anywhere, at any time. But these same technologies can raise significant privacy concerns. Some concerns arise

Published on: March 15th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Privacy by Design comes to power: Protecting personal information in the Smart Grid

 The current electrical grid is seen by some as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century.  But it is increasingly out of date and overburdened.  Efforts to modernize the grid – making

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

2011: The decade of Privacy by Design starts now

The Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington-based think tank that promotes responsible data practices, recently posted its First Annual List of Privacy Ins and Outs.  It’s a playful – but insightful – look

Published on: January 15th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

OLG's winning biometric encryption strategy

For several years now, I have been a very vocal proponent of Privacy by Design (PbD) – the concept of engineering privacy directly into the design of new technologies, business processes, and networked

Published on: December 8th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

A challenge to health IT professionals – patient privacy is in your hands

 Earlier this year, a health care professional did something seemingly well-intentioned: she placed a USB key into her purse as she left the office, planning to do some further work at home.  As

Published on: October 22nd, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

Ambassadors are meeting today’s privacy challenges, head-on

  I recently appeared on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper with an alarming prediction. “World is losing grip on privacy says watchdog – Next decade will be crucial in protecting

Published on: September 11th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian