Balancing privacy and security

There is a tension between individual’s rights to privacy and our collective rights to security. Technology has enabled unprecedented challenges to both, which is why these areas will be among the key topics to be explored at The 2016 Canadian Telecom Summit taking place June 6-8 in Toronto.

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien will be delivering a keynote address on Tuesdady, June 7. IT World’s Howard Solomon quoted him saying “It is no longer entirely clear who is processing our data and for what purposes – creating challenges for meaningful consent.” Do customers provide informed consent to how businesses are using their data? Do consumers have any idea how their personal information is being shared and correlated with other data points?

The Canadian Telecom Summit will also look at cyber security and defense against data threats. Nathan Shuchami, Check Point’s Head of Advanced Threat Prevention and Christine Gauthier, the head of Check Point Canada will speak on Monday June 6. A full panel on cyber security will take place on Tuesday, June 7, moderated by Scott Jones, the assistant deputy minister for IT security for Canada’s Communications Security Establishment. On Wednesday, June 8, the panel looking at Big data and Analytics will also include consideration of these aspects of the issue, aided by the participation by Pamela Snively, the Chief Data and Trust Officer for TELUS.

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