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Privacy and COVID-19 Mini-Summit

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In jurisdictions around the world, automated contact tracing is being considered as an element of COVID-19 recovery efforts. However, in many regions these efforts are being met with resistance, with significant questions being raised around surveillance, privacy, and even the efficacy of such systems.
This Mini-Summit, the first hosted by the Canadian Anonymization Network (CANON), will use automated contact tracing to reflect on the kinds of considerations that any organization seeking to deploy de-identification, differential privacy, synthetic data, or similar privacy-enhancing technologies must keep front of mind. The focus cannot be entirely on protective measures you put in place; instead, you must also incorporate contextual considerations and thorough examinations of any potential benefits, concerns or harms associated with a system, particularly where potentially sensitive data is concerned.

For session descriptions and speaker bios, see our brochure (pdf).

We thank the Electronic Health Information Laboratory for acting as the platform sponsor for this session.


· Sessions
Introductory Remarks
Patricia  Kosseim Khaled El Emam
· Sessions
Contact Tracing in Canada and Abroad
Khaled El Emam Dan Bogdanov Pollyanna Sanderson
· Sessions
Privacy and Other Considerations for Contact Tracing
Teresa Scassa Suzanne Morin Haksoo Ko
· Sessions
Regulator Comments and Response
Ann Cavoukian Adam Kardash Jill Clayton Giuseppe D'Acquisto


Patricia Kosseim

Incoming Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Ann Cavoukian

Executive Director, Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre

Dan Bogdanov

Head of the Department of Information Security Systems, Cybernetica

Suzanne Morin

VP, Enterprise Services Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer, Sun Life Financial; CANON Steering Group Member

Jill Clayton

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

Haksoo Ko

Professor, Seoul National University School of Law

Adam Kardash

Co-Lead, AccessPrivacy by Osler

Pollyanna Sanderson

Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum

Giuseppe D'Acquisto

Senior Technology Advisor, Italian Data Protection Authority (the Garante)

Khaled El Emam

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario RI; Director, CANON; Director, Replica Analytics

Teresa Scassa

Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

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Electronic Health Information Laboratory (CHEO Research Institute)

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