OTTAWA—A new Conference Board of Canada research Centre is working to tackle cyber security issues, starting with personal data privacy in the digital world. The first research from the Centre aims to get decision-makers and Canadians up-to-speed on privacy regulations and capable of making smart decisions.
While large privacy breaches like the Ashley Madison hack make Canadians cringe, smaller privacy breaches plague Canada nearly every day. Whether it’s unauthorized access to the electronic medical records of Canadian veterans or the accidental breach of potential homebuyers in Saskatchewan, many privacy breaches are the result of poorly designed policies and privacy practices.
“This is an area that is evolving at break-neck speed. New technology and public pressure have pushed Canada and its closest economic partners to seriously re-think and re-negotiate how they protect the privacy of their citizens,” said Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight, The Conference Board of Canada.
“Both the United States and Canada are in the process of implementing significant enhancements to their privacy protections, creating new compliance requirements for organizations and granting citizens more rights and legal recourse if their data is misused. In addition, the downfall of the longstanding EU–U.S. Safe Harbor privacy agreement in late 2015 has forced a fundamental redesign of the U.S.’s trans-Atlantic privacy protection system.”
The report highlights trends that firms should address in order to maintain proactive privacy compliance, including: