Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains speaks at 2017 Google's Go North conference in Toronto.

Published: June 19th, 2018


Tech a minor component of Toronto’s new ‘smart neighbourhood,’ Sidewalk Labs exec says

TORONTO - It's easy for the layperson to interpret Sidewalk Labs' newest project as "Google is building a high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto," but the startup's first roundtable presentation on Tuesday did its best

Published on: March 21st, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

You don’t have to sacrifice privacy for security, says former Ontario privacy commissioner

Ann Cavoukian spent more than 15 years as Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner between 1997 and 2014, but her new venture expands beyond provincial borders. Cavoukian has created a new global council called

Published on: February 7th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

Several problems stand in the way of marketers and IoT utopia

Businesses must move beyond using the Internet of Things for mass marketing to harness it for targeted personalization, an industry panel concluded Wednesday. But they may have to overcome pricing, privacy, and platform

Published on: March 3rd, 2016 Christine Wong

Telus’ big data marketing done with customer privacy intact

For many organizations the promise of big data is the ability to deliver the right tailored offer to customers at the right time. But experts say it has to be done in a way

Published on: June 2nd, 2015 Howard Solomon

Exit interview: Ann Cavoukian leaves privacy watch dog role to lead Ryerson’s big data institute

In the 15 years that Ann Cavoukian has been the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner, the very definition of privacy itself has evolved with the digital age. Cavoukian is the first commissioner to

Published on: June 24th, 2014 Brian Jackson

From Big Blue to code red, Privacy by Design framework being widely adopted as industry standard

Talking at a sports arena in the middle of St. Petersburg, Russia, the chief data scientist of IBM Corp.'s entity analytics group describes how his software will anonymize personal information, making it impervious

Published on: July 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

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

Obama’s blueprint for Internet Bill of Rights

The White House has unveiled a plan to create a “Bill of Rights” for consumer privacy on the Internet, and announced that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to comply when consumers choose

Published on: February 23rd, 2012 John P. Mello Jr.

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

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

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