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

How to avoid an Elections Ontario style data breach fiasco

It's every business' worst nightmare. But just days ago it happened to a large provincial government agency.Elections Ontario fessed up to a major data breach: two USB drivescontaining unencrypted personal data - including

Published on: July 19th, 2012 Christine Wong

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

Lawful access ‘one of the greatest threats to privacy,’ says watchdog

Initiatives to provide law enforcement agents greater powers to access and track personal individual information may have suffered a set back early this year, but Ontario's information and privacy commissioner said today that

Published on: June 4th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Is Vic Toews against freedom?

By Brian Jackson It’s hard to imagine what points Public Safety Minister Vic Toews thinks he is scoring when he describes those concerned about the implications of increased government Internet surveillance as supporting

Published on: February 14th, 2012 Brian Jackson

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

Researcher awarded for finding Facebook privacy glitch

A researcher who uncovered a privacy glitch that could disclose the sexual orientation of Facebook users has won an award from Ontario's privacy commissioner. Aleksandra Korolova, a computer studies PhD candidate at Stanford University

Published on: August 11th, 2011 Christine Wong

WiFi devices could lead to data breach, warns privacy commissioner

WiFi-enabled smartphones, laptops and other mobile devices could turn their users into walking data leaks just waiting to happen, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said yesterday. The provincial privacy chief spoke

Published on: June 15th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

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

Video Rewind: Privacy by Design in the smart grid

In her blog post today on ITBusiness.ca, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian calls for her privacy by design philosophy to be applied to mobile devices and applications.For the past decade, Cavoukian has been

Published on: March 15th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

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 a must for small tech startups

Small businesses must do their part to ensure privacy when creating technology products and dealing with customer's personal information, says Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner.The law of the land and the

Published on: January 31st, 2011 Brian Jackson

Video Rewind: ‘Privacy by Design’ approach gains international recognition

If you've had a conversation with Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian in the past several years, she's probably mentioned her "positive-sum paradigm" to you.Ontario's privacy watchdog has long championed her model

Published on: November 4th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Canadian Facebook users take cautious approach, poll shows

Most Canadian Facebook users describe themselves as cautious about their privacy and have adjusted their settings accordingly, according to a new poll conducted for ITBusiness.ca.A little more than half of survey respondents selected

Published on: September 1st, 2010 Brian Jackson