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Understanding, Discovering and Asserting Personal Privacy Preferences: a Feasibility Study


Ontario College of Arts and Design (OCAD) University, Inclusive Design Research Centre



Project Leader(s)

Jutta Treviranus and Michelle D’Souza


Persons with disabilities, persons who are aging, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning (LGBTQ) community, and other minorities are vulnerable to the misuse or abuse of personal information. Among the risks are: denial of insurance, jobs or services; fraud, identify theft and cyberbullying.

This project developed a mechanism to empower these consumers to determine and assert personal preferences regarding the use of personal information through the extension of an international standard called AccessForAll (also referred to as ISO 24751). This extension to the standard was co-designed with relevant communities most at risk, with a view to presenting it to the international standards body (ISO JTC1 SC36) for proposed adoption.

The project team developed a report assessing the feasibility of extending the AccessForAll standard, a proposed work plan and roadmap for implementing the plan, and created a draft of a proposed standard extension for consideration by the international standards body.

Project deliverables are available in the following language(s):


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

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jutta Treviranus
Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD University
205 Richmond Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario 
M5V 1V3

Telephone: 416-977-6000 ext. 3954
FAX: 416-977-9844

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