About Ann Cavoukian

As co-author of Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World and Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust, Ann Cavoukian has devoted her career to privacy matters. For the past 14 years, Ms. Cavoukian has served as Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Appointed by the provincial legislature, she oversees all matters relating to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as other laws affecting privacy and access rights throughout the province. In this role, Ann Cavoukian also handles privacy violation complaints from citizens and decides on appeals when organizations refuse right of access. In addition, Ms. Cavoukian aims to teach the public about various privacy issues. Notably, she developed Privacy by Design in the 1990s to enlighten individuals and businesses about these matters. She believes the importance of Privacy by Design has grown in recent years due to the rise of the Internet. Through Privacy by Design, Ann Cavoukian aims to instill the principles of privacy and Fair Information Practices to create new information technology, business practices, and networked infrastructure. With Privacy by Design, she operates under a philosophy that envisions embedded privacy as a positive sum game that respects users’ needs, the importance of security protocols, and the benefits of privacy-enhancing software. In January 2009, Ann Cavoukian hosted the Privacy by Design Challenge, along with the Toronto Board of Trade. The sold-out event featured speakers from leading technology companies, including Facebook, Microsoft Corporation, IBM, and Intel Corporation discussing their latest developments in promoting and protecting their users’ privacy. To learn about more about Ms. Cavoukian’s initiatives, visit http://www.Ipc.on.ca.


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