Thought Leadership

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AccessPrivacy works to help clients stay on top of the here and now, while also anticipating and addressing the challenges of tomorrow.  We not only support organizations to adopt best practices, but we work with them to define “next practices” as well. In that way, we aim to be Canada’s Think-and-Do Tank in the burgeoning field of privacy law. As a few examples:

  • Adam Kardash, National Lead of AccessPrivacy, hosts regular, complimentary Monthly Privacy Calls. These webinars feature a variety of expert guests and offer key insights into emerging issues and developments in the privacy and information management space. Videos of our past webinars are available for on-demand viewing via the Past Events tab.
  • The AccessPrivacy team actively tracks legislative reform across the country and creates key resources to help stakeholders navigate these changes. In particular, our team regularly updates commentaries on our clause-by-clause annotation of the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, proposed by the Federal Government as part of Bill C-27. 
  • AccessPrivacy is a co-founder of “CANON”, the Canadian Anonymization Network. CANON is an informal network, composed of data custodians from across private, public and health sectors, whose primary purpose is to promote anonymization as a privacy-respectful means of leveraging data for innovative and beneficial purposes. Recent CANON initiatives include: 
    • Submission to Minister Champagne of proposed amendments to the de-identification and anonymization provisions in Bill C-27, incorporating stakeholder comments from a related legislative roundtable (December 2022); 
    • Webinar: “Toward a Canadian De-identification Framework: Lessons from Singapore” (July 2022);
    • Publication of "The Practices and Challenges of Generating Nonidentifiable Data" in the IEEE Security & Privacy journal (January-February 2022).
  • AccessPrivacy is a proud supporter and partner of the International Accountability Foundation (IAF), in its efforts to develop progressive accountability frameworks for data governance and promote the adoption of ethical principles to help guide the responsible use of data in predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Recently, Martin Abrams, IAF Chief Policy Innovation Officer, participated in our December 2022 Monthly Privacy Call roundtable, discussing Canada's proposed legislative scheme for AI; 
  • The AccessPrivacy team regularly collaborates with the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP on a variety of comparative legal analyses. Recently, Bojana BellamyCIPL President and Mark SmithCIPL Manager of Privacy and Data Policy, discussed similarities and distinctions between Europe's GDPR and Canada's proposed CPPA on our November 2022 Monthly Privacy Call
  • The AccessPrivacy team works closely with Osler's privacy litigation team to track developments in Canadian privacy class action jurisprudence, which are discussed and analyzed in our semi-annual Data Litigation Roundtable

If you would like to learn more about these and other thought leadership initiatives of AccessPrivacy, please contact us.