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Pathways to Privacy Symposium: Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy

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The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) in partnership with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, the Samuelson- Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and the University of Sherbrooke.



Project Leader(s)

Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust


The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) partnered with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and the University of Sherbrooke to host the second Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium heldat the University of Toronto on March 21, 2014. Over 125 participants representing a variety of interests, including academia, government, non-profit organizations, and privacy professionals, attended the full-day event, which showcased privacy-related research funded by the OPC’s Contributions Program.

In support of the theme Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy, the symposium was preceded by a public panel discussion on March 20, 2014, entitled “Advancing privacy and civil liberties in Canada’s (emerging) surveillance state.” During the symposium, four panels covered a wide spectrum of privacy concerns that affect Canadians, including issues in commercial genetic testing and health information; privacy at the public/private interface; protecting personal information online and offline; and the privacy of financial information. The symposium also featured a keynote address from human rights attorney Paul Champ.

Canadians are aware that their everyday activities produce enormous amounts of personal information with accompanying privacy risks, but find it difficult to act on their concerns. The Pathways to Privacy symposium aimed to provide Canadians with a better understanding of the ways their privacy is at risk, the privacy protections offered by PIPEDA, and practical means for exercising their privacy rights. At the same time, it brought together the network of privacy researchers, educators, advocates and practitioners across Canada to build connections and foster interaction.

This document is available in the following language(s):

English and French

OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Canadian Civil Liberties Association
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 210
Toronto, ON
M5T 2C7

Tel: 416-363-0321
Fax: 416-861-1291

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