Privacy in 2020: Is Big Data Endgame for Privacy Protections? 

Oct. 30, 2019

October 30, 2019 • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (ATL) • Webcast

CHAIR: Candice Pollack, Executive Director, AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub APPTA 


Daniel Konikoff, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
Robert Cowan, Partner, McInnes Cooper, Halifax
Charles Murray, Ombud, New Brunswick

Canada is currently in a new phase of revolution, but this time, it is a technological one. Change is occurring at an unprecedented pace due to the constant development of new technologies, leading the way for new capacity for more change. When our privacy laws were drafted, many over twenty years ago, we could not even conceive of the future ability to collect and use petabytes of information. Of course, this has led many to be concerned about our ability to protect the privacy rights of Canadians. However, we must also consider the opportunities that Big Data has to offer governments, corporations, and industries, such as scientific advancements, and enhanced capacity for informed decision-making. 

In this session, panelists will explore the impact that Big Data is having on privacy protections. Specifically, the panelists will discuss how our current privacy laws in Canada can be modernized to enhance protections for Constitutional rights while maintaining our ability to harness the potential that Big Data has to offer.  


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    Ginette Little
    PD Program Coordinator