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International privacy experts meet in Montreal

Ottawa, September 20, 2007 – The world’s top privacy experts are meeting in Montreal next week to explore emerging new threats to privacy.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is hosting the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, the key international privacy event each year, from September 25th to 28th.

Workshops will address privacy in the context of public safety, globalization, Radio Frequency Identification, children and the Internet, location-based tracking, data mining, Internet crime and many other topics.  Leading international experts on all of these topics are attending the conference.

Speakers include US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who will give a keynote address on privacy and public security; Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer; author and privacy and security expert Bruce Schneier, prominent consumer privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht as well as global privacy campaigners such as Simon Davies of Privacy International.

The conference program, full list of speakers and backgrounder describing conference topics in more detail are available at www.privacyconference2007.gc.ca.

NOTE: Journalists MUST complete and submit an accreditation form, also online, BEFORE Sept. 25 in order to have full access to the conference. 

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For more information, contact:

Colin McKay
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: (613) 995-0103 
E-mail: cmckay@priv.gc.ca

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