PATHWAYS TO PRIVACY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
March 20-21, 2014
Public Panel Discussion & Privacy Fair
March 20, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Pathways to Privacy Symposium: Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy
March 21, 2014 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Faculty Club, University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street, Toronto ON
CCLA has been awarded funding by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to organize and host the second Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium in Toronto. The Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson University, partnered up with CCLA to help in organization of this event, alongside with the University of Toronto, Sherbrooke University, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC).
Cavoukian & Levin: Metadata surveillance is an invasion of our privacy
February 10th, 2014
The Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Ann Cavoukian, and the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University, Avner Levin, comment on the topic of surveillance, collection of metadata and how it affects Canadians in this National Post article.
In “several seconds,” the analysis gleaned from two weeks of our metadata can be far more revealing than anything overheard during an hour-long phone call.
INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY DAY
January 28th, 2014
To mark the annual celebration of the International Data Privacy Day, the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute hosted a presentation and discussion with Anthony Di Iorio, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada. The event took place on January 28th, 12pm-1:30pm. Read more about the speaker and access some of the presentation slides used during the talk: go to our Events Page.
What's hidden among The Internet of Things?
January 20, 2014
DMZ-based entrepreneur Robert Platek and Professor Avner Levin, Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, discussed our ultra-connected future on CBC's The Current 93 with Anna Maria Tremonti: listen to the audio recording of the podcast (25 minutes)
Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year!
Go to this link to see "The NSA is Coming to Town" video: http://youtu.be/8pcWlyUu8U4
DRONE PROTEST AGAINST ILLEGAL VIDEO SURVEILLANCE IN PUBLIC PLACES
December 3, 2013
Researchers at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, in collaboration with privacy advocates at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, flew a sign bearing drone near the Toronto Eaton’s Centre to draw attention to the widespread illegal video surveillance of public places.
The quadcopter drone carried a bright yellow sign reading ILLEGAL CAMERA and positioned it directly in front of an offending camera. The four-sided sign intended to simultaneously alert the surveillance operators that their installation is not compliant with Canadian privacy standards, while symbolically protecting both passersby and the surveillance operators from the illegal capture of personal information.
Prof. Andrew Clement, a surveillance researcher at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, notes that Canadian privacy law requires video surveillance operators to properly inform the people they capture on camera about what they doing with their images. Our research shows clearly that almost no company does this, as most don’t even put up a sign. “Sadly, just pointing out to companies that they’re breaking the law is not enough to get them to reform. I hope that this stunt will encourage surveillance operators to take their legal responsibilities more seriously.”
Prof. Avner Levin, Chair, Law & Business Department, Ted Rogers School of Management and Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University, stated “Our drone calls the attention of Canadians - and our privacy commissioners - to this long-abused yet easily-corrected surveillance practice. We should not have to tolerate the violation of the law any further.”
Sukanya Pillay, Acting Executive Director and Interim General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, noted that our civil liberties, as well as the laws intended to protect them are vital, but can’t be taken for granted. “When organizations, whether public or private, routinely flout privacy laws, all our liberties are at greater risk.”
The Network-Centric Applied Research Team (N-CART) of the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University supported the event in order to expand the debate on the use of UAVs and the broader context of surveillance for reasons of public safety. Prof. Alex Ferworn noted that, "New technologies for surveillance have outpaced our society's ability to create public policy for their governance. Our UAV surveils a CCTV camera which surveils our UAV -- There are no effective rules for either activity".
The drone was flown by Chris Kong and Jimmy Tran of N-CART.
Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute's Director Avner Levin interviewed for PEN CANADA
PEN Canada asked Avner Levin, Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, to consider the complications that may arise when information sharing arrangements allow national security agencies to circumvent strictures on domestic surveillance. Following that conversation, an article "Outsourcing Surveillance" was published, which you can read at this link: http://pencanada.ca/blog/on-backdoor-information-access/.
International Comparison of Cyber Crime 2013
Read our 2013 report International Comparison of Cyber Crime and access other publications by The Institute here: http://www.ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool/privacy/Publications/latest-research/