Media Advisory - Open Data, Big Data, Yes … Personal Data, No!
Commissioner Cavoukian to speak on the global movement towards Open Data at "Right to Know Week" event at the Toronto Board of Trade
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - In celebration of Right to Know Week 2012, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, will host an event on how Open Data makes vast amounts of government-held data available to the public, academics, researchers, and industry, for use in new and unanticipated ways. As long as personal information is protected from such disclosure, the open data movement bodes very well for introducing greater transparency to government activities.
The global movement towards Open Data is one of the truest embodiments of Access by Design, the framework developed by Commissioner Cavoukian that encourages public institutions to proactively release information as part of an automatic process, making access the default, wherever possible. Open Data makes machine-readable data freely accessible by way of portals, metadata, and search tools.
|Date & Time:||Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
One King West Hotel
Grand Banking Hall
1 King Street West
Please note the event is not being held at the Toronto Board of Trade Ballroom.
- Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada
- Brian Beamish, Assistant Commissioner, Access
- Dave Wallace, Chief Information Officer, University of Waterloo
- Jury Konga, Principal, eGovFutures Group
Daphne Gaby Donaldson, Executive Director, Corporate Information Management Services,
City of Toronto
- Samantha Liscio, Corporate Chief Strategist, Ontario Public Service
Members of the public wishing to attend can register at www.bot.com/events.
Media planning to attend, please register with the IPC contact below.
About the IPC
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by, and reports to, the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government of the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access and privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and private sector health information custodians. The Commissioner's mandate also includes helping to educate the public about access and privacy issues.
SOURCE: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/OntarioFor further information:
Media Relations Specialist
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Direct Line: 416-326-3939
Public Affairs Coordinator
Toronto Board of Trade
Phone: 416 862 4558