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ISSA-OTTAWA September 2017 Chapter Meeting

September 28, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Ottawa Novotel - Dawn Room (3rd floor)
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
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The September Chapter meeting will be all about privacy! We can barely contain our excitement as we welcome one of the world’s leading privacy experts, Dr. Ann Cavoukian. Join us and learn from the creator of Privacy by Design (PbD) how organizations can embed privacy and security into virtually any system or operation. 

We are honored to also welcome Full Professor Valerie Steeves. Professor Steeves recently spoke at the GoSec conference in Montreal. She will tell us why it is important to incorporate a human rights conception of privacy into business practices. 

Held in the Dawn Room on the 3rd floor of Novotel Ottawa, come early to mingle with your peers and meet our guests speakers before dinner. A cash bar will be available all evening. 


Dr. Ann Cavoukian


Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 39 languages. Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, and most recently, Dr. Cavoukian was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017).


A Strong Foundation of Security is Essential to Preserving Privacy: You Must Have Both, Embedded in Design

Privacy is presently under siege. With the growth of ubiquitous computing, online connectivity, social media, and wireless and wearable devices, people are being led to believe they have no choice but to give up on privacy. This is not the case! A privacy framework called Privacy by Design will enable our privacy and our freedom, to live well into the future. Dr. Cavoukian dispels the notion that privacy acts as a barrier to public safety and security and innovation. She argues that the limiting paradigm of “zero-sum” – that you can either have privacy or innovation, but not both – is an outdated, win/lose model of approaching the question of privacy in the age of massive surveillance of citizens. Instead a “positive-sum” solution is needed in which the interests of both sides may be met, in a doubly-enabling, “win-win” manner through Privacy by Design (PbD). PbD is predicated on the rejection of zero-sum propositions by proactively identifying the risks and embedding the necessary protective measures into the design and data architecture involved. Dr. Cavoukian recently convened a new International Council on Global Privacy and Security, by Design, to respond to the growing pressures of zero-sum models seeking to advance security at the expense of privacy. Say NO to such win/lose models. She outlines how organizations can embed privacy and security into virtually any system or operation, to achieve positive-sum, win/win outcomes, enabling both privacy and security – not one at the expense of the other.


Valerie SteevesBio

Valerie Steeves, JD, PhD, is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.  She is the co-project leader of The eQuality Project, a research and community partnership exploring young people’s experiences on privacy and equality in networked spaces, and a co-investigator on The Big Data Surveillance Project.


“People In, People Out: Why Big Data Security Needs Human Rights”
This presentation examines three products, including Hello Barbie, Roomba, and the Chicago Police hot list, where compliance with fair information practices but a failure to appreciate the human rights value of privacy led to marketplace failures.  Participants will learn why incorporating a human rights conception of privacy into their business practices will help them design systems that better navigate the gap between fair information practices and people’s expectations of privacy.


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