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Cafe X – Embedding Privacy by Design: Engineering in a Big Data World

April 30, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and the Faculty of Engineering invite you to attend Café X. Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event. Please join Dr. Art Heidebrecht as host and moderator of this discussion.

In our highly connected world, we are experiencing remarkable develop­ments though Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things on a daily basis. Ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and wireless apps are flourishing, but they can also usher in a world of unimaginable surveillance and tracking – the antithesis of privacy. Innovation, creativity and the resulting prosperity of society all require freedom. And privacy is the essence of freedom – without it, we lose it all.   But it’s not too late! Start now and embed privacy proactively in all IT and networked infrastructure, right from the outset. The future is now! REGISTER HERE

About Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. 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 October 2010, regulators at the International Conference of Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. Since then, PbD has been translated into 37 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian’s expertise has been recognized in many ways. She was: ranked among the top 25 Women of Influence, recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy; named one of the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM Future Cities for her passionate advocacy of Privacy by Design; chosen as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business magazine for her tireless efforts as a privacy champion; awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph; she was selected for Maclean’s Magazine’s ‘Power List’ of the top 50 Canadians, and most recently, picked as one of the top 10 women in data security, compliance, and privacy you should follow on Twitter.

In her leadership of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University Dr. Cavoukian is dedicated to demonstrating that Privacy can and must be included, side by side, with other functionalities such as security and business interests. Her mantra of “banish zero-sum” enables multiple interests to be served simultaneously – not one to the exclusion of the others.


April 30, 2015
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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