Media Advisory - IPC Privacy Day Event

Government and Big Data: Privacy Risks and Solutions

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Big data is having a significant impact on the way Ontario's institutions develop public policy and design government programs. Our governments are collecting more data than ever before and are taking advantage of powerful computing and analytical models. Many believe that big data analytics support evidence-based decision making and fuel innovation by enabling public policy makers to gain insights from data faster and in previously unimagined ways, including predicting human behaviour.

On January 26, Commissioner Brian Beamish and a panel of experts will address questions such as:

  • How can we ensure that the privacy rights of Ontarians are respected and personal information is managed appropriately and fairly in a big data world?
  • How do we ensure transparency and that results are accurate and non-discriminatory?
  • How can we protect an individual's right to challenge findings that are based on these powerful analytical tools?

Join our symposium in person or via webcast on our website where we will examine this topic and look at the challenges that public sector professionals must address as they strive to harness the potential that big data has to offer.

This event will feature a presentation by Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, followed by a panel discussion among experts in the field of big data and privacy.

Special guest panelists include:

  • Patricia Kosseim, Senior General Counsel and Director General, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Samantha Liscio, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Planning and Reporting, eHealth Ontario
  • Jonathan Obar, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, York University
  • John Roberts, Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario

Commissioner Beamish and guest panelists will be available for media interviews following the event.


Date & Time:

Thursday, January 26, 2017
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Media interviews: 11:35 a.m.


Epic Hall, 2nd Floor, The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Webcast: or
(no password required)

Celebrated across Canada and internationally, Privacy Day highlights the impact that technology is having on our privacy rights and underlines the importance of valuing and protecting personal information.

SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

For further information: Media contact: Trell Huether, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Direct Line: 416-326-3965, Toll-free: 800-387-0073,


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