The infraNET Project and Communitech
Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series
Privacy in a Wired World -
Can You Have Both?
Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
Tuesday, March 24, 1998
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
Globally, issues about information
privacy in the marketplace have emerged in tandem with the dramatic and
escalating increase in information stored in electronic formats. Data
mining, for example, can be extremely valuable for businesses, but in
the absence of adequate safeguards, it can jeopradize informational
privacy. The Internet, which is already influencing interactions among
people, also poses threats to informational privacy unless appropriate
safeguards are in place. Electronic commerce will not be able to reach
its full potential until privacy issues have been resolved. Dr. Cavoukian
will talk about data mining, the Internet and the implications for consumers, businesses
and software developers.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, as Interim
Information and Privacy Commissioner, oversees the operations of
Ontario's freedom of information and protection of privacy laws, which
apply to both provincial and municipal government organizations. She
serves as an officer of the legislature, independent of the government
of the day. Ann joined the Information and Privacy Commission in 1987
as its first Director of Compliance and was appointed Assistant
Commissioner in 1990, responsible for the protection of privacy and
compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts. Prior
to her work at the Commission, Ann headed the Research Services Branch
of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Ann received her M.A. and
Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she
specialized in criminology and lectured on psychology and the criminal
justice system. Ann speaks extensively on the importance of privacy around the
world. Her published works include a recent book on privacy called "Who Knows: Safeguarding
Your Privacy in a Networked World."
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is sponsored by The
infraNET Project and Communitech.
Communitech is an association of
technology companies, educational institutions, and government working
effectively together to bring real enterprise to Canada's Technology
Triangle (CTT). The CTT encompasses the Municipalities of Guelph,
Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: INFORIUM, MKS, Open
Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of