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Privacy by Design Certification

Privacy by Design Certification* is being offered by the Privacy by Design Centre for Excellence at Ryerson University. Developed to advance the operationalization of Privacy by Design, this certification is an important step for companies and organization who are working to embed Privacy by Design into their everyday processes. 

Harnessing the institutional assessment expertise of an independent consulting firm, products and services which have attained Ryerson's Privacy by Design Certification can be assured they are meeting the highest standards of a globally recognized privacy standard. 

Organizations that display the Certification Shield will be able to demonstrate to consumers that they have withstood the scrutiny of a rigorous third party assessment, assuring the public that their product or service reflects the viewpoint of today's privacy conscious consumer. 

The basis for Ryerson's Privacy by Design Certification, opens in new window are the 7 Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design. Created by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Privacy by Design is a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts.  She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University.

*Privacy by Design Certification is being offered by the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University and applies to businesses or organizations seeking to certify a product or service.It is not affiliated with the Chang School of Continuing Education, which independently offers the course "Privacy by Design: The Global Framework". For more information on this offering, please visit the Chang School's website at, opens in new window. Privacy by Design Certification  is not affiliated with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, nor signifies compliance with Ontario privacy laws.

Privacy by Design Certification:

PDF fileCommit to Privacy, Publicly, opens in new window

Our Brochure outlines the key features of our Privacy by Design Certification program, and may be used to promote Privacy by Design and Privacy by Design Certification within your organization.

PDF fileAssessment Control Framework, opens in new window

The Assessment Framework represents the heart of Privacy by Design Certification. The Framework maps internationally recognized privacy principles, regulations, and industry best practices. The illustrative controls provide examples that an organization can build towards.

PDF fileOverview of Privacy by Design Certification, opens in new window