Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian







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Privacy by Design

It was only a few years ago that being a privacy-sensitive organization was considered cutting-edge and maybe even risky. Now, it’s become a critical part of doing business safely, ethically, and well. In this essential talk, author and privacy expert Dr. Ann Cavoukian guides you through exactly what your organization needs to do to tackle the pressing issues of privacy, security, and big data. If you build privacy into your operations and technology—if you embrace privacy by design—you prevent privacy harms and data breaches, you develop a trusted relationship with your customers, you save money, and you gain a competitive advantage. “I want you to view privacy as a positive,” says Dr. Cavoukian. “It breeds innovation [and] it builds trust.”


If our devices are listening to us and tracking everything we’re doing, how do we keep our personal data safe? How can we protect our customers? Who do we trust? Questions about privacy, surveillance, and big data are only getting more complicated and more urgent. For the most studied, up-to-date information, we turn to three-term Privacy Commissioner, author and global security expert Dr. Ann Cavoukian. In her talks, Dr. Cavoukian reveals why privacy is essential to freedom and crucial to strong business practices. She shares the principles behind her groundbreaking Privacy by Design framework, and she prepares your organization to address what's become one of the biggest issues of our time.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy and security experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, 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. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian was most recently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at Ryerson University, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  Dr. Cavoukian is the Founder and CEO of the Global Privacy and Security By Design Centre.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust with Tyler Hamilton and Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, one of the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, and one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders, (November, 2017), named among the Top Women in Tech, (December, 2017), and most recently, was awarded the Toastmasters District 60 Communication and Leadership Award.

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Global Authority on Privacy & Security