Announcement

September 18, 2014

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Calls for Proposals to Advance Privacy Knowledge and Awareness

OPC’s 2015-16 Contributions Program seeks to explore emerging privacy issues

OTTAWA — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its 2015-16 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives.

The Office invites proposals in a variety of areas related to privacy and protection of personal information in the private sector. Specifically, the Office is interested in receiving proposals for projects that will help anticipate, analyse and explain some of the defining privacy issues that will have a significant impact on Canadians in the coming years. For example, proposals may seek to explore the privacy impacts of emerging issues and technologies, such as big data analytics, biometric technologies, the Internet of Things, or covert surveillance systems.

All proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets ground rules for how organizations may collect, use or disclose information about individuals in the course of commercial activities. When developing project proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to review projects currently underway and completed projects from previous years in order to build on past or ongoing work.

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund projects that are initiated and completed within a single fiscal year (April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016), although some multiyear projects may be funded on an exceptional basis. All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit. The maximum amount that can be awarded for any single project is $50,000 and a maximum of $100,000 can be awarded per organization.

All proposals must be submitted by November 12, 2014.

If you are interested in generating new ideas, approaches and knowledge about privacy that will help organizations or individuals make informed decisions about protecting personal information, please visit our website to learn more about the OPC Contributions Program and how to apply.

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Senior Research Analyst (Contributions Program)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 819-994-6010
E-mail: contrib@priv.gc.ca

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