Ontario's Privacy Commissioner to launch groundbreaking graduate initiative at the University of Toronto on Identity, Privacy and Security

    TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - On September 17, 2007, Ontario's Information
and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, will be presenting the inaugural
lecture at the University of Toronto's new interdisciplinary program called
the Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative (IPSI), www.ipsi.utoronto.ca.
This initiative links two new graduate concentrations in privacy and security,
offered this fall through the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and
the Faculty of Information Studies. A key goal of IPSI is to bring together
faculty and students from different disciplines to study and think together
about identity, privacy and security and related technologies, policies and
    Commissioner Cavoukian was appointed as the Chair of the Advisory Council
for IPSI. "Given the Commissioner's strong support over the past two decades
for privacy-related research, education and innovation, we are delighted that
Dr. Cavoukian has agreed to act as the Advisory Council Chair," says Dr. Tim
McTiernan, Interim Vice-President, Research, at the University of Toronto. "We
feel that she is the ideal partner for this exciting initiative."
    In her lecture, Commissioner Cavoukian will be discussing how privacy can
remain a viable option as we enter into an age where we are immersed in a rich
information environment, frequently sharing information about ourselves and
others. "Maintaining privacy in the information technology age is indeed
possible but only if we 'build it in' - architecting privacy directly into the
technology. I call this 'privacy by design' and believe that it holds the
future for ensuring that privacy remains a reality," says the Commissioner.
    What Commissioner Cavoukian finds most exciting about these new graduate
programs is that they hold the potential to educate and give rise to new
generations of technologists, computer programmers, systems architects and
corporate policy makers who will understand the inherent and fundamental value
of protecting privacy. Says the Commissioner, "In essence, the IPSI program
will not only educate future generations on how to build privacy into
technology, but it will also hopefully develop a 'culture of privacy' - a way
of thinking that is committed to better information management and the
protection of privacy. Even the most advanced technologies and the most
rigorous privacy policies will not be wholly effective if organizations do not
accept the protection of privacy as part of their institutional culture."
    While she has enjoyed the challenges of working with organizations in
championing the building of privacy into technology, the Commissioner
nevertheless looks forward to the day when ... "all organizations view
building privacy into technology as second-nature, as part of their
institutional culture, and not an issue of debate. And, this can only be
achieved by educating those who will later fill the positions involved in
systems design, policy and decision making."
    Commissioner Cavoukian will be giving her inaugural lecture for the
Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative at the George Ignatieff Theatre, in
Trinity College, on September 17, 2007, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome
to attend. For more information please visit our website, www.ipc.on.ca or
call (416) 326-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Jason Papadimos, Communications
Officer, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Phone:
(416) 326-8828, Cell: (647) 408-5556, jason.papadimos@ipc.on.ca

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