Securing Canada's Cyberspace: Protecting Individual Privacy

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When: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 08:00 - 10:30

Where: Vancouver, BC

Protecting Individual Privacy

A multi-sector policy discussion
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Friday March 11, 2016
Vancouver, BC

Cyber-crime has become one of the world’s most complex public policy challenges. Finding ways to balance online privacy and security has proved to be technically, legally and politically challenging. On the one hand, Canadians expect certain security standards to protect them from malicious cyber threats. Under some circumstances, allowing businesses and law enforcement access to private data is accepted as a necessary sacrifice to counter dangerous, hidden threats. On the other hand, revelations that Canadians have been victims of improper spying by domestic and foreign governments have increased the demand for greater privacy standards. Balancing these often-conflicting needs has become a pressing priority for leaders in all sectors. However, no one stakeholder can do this alone. Instead, new approaches and partnerships are needed that leverage strengths and expertise to better guarantee Canadians’ online security and privacy.

On March 11, the Public Policy Forum, in partnership with TD Bank and with support from Public Safety Canada, will convene government, business, and academic leaders to explore the most pressing cybersecurity challenges facing our country. This discussion will examine the gaps in Canada’s cyber policies and practices, and identify the multi-sector partnerships that are needed to address them. By bringing together stakeholders from across sectors it is our objective to identify how leaders can better work together to ensure Canadians’ online security and privacy. This roundtable will also provide participants with the opportunity to share their insights with the Government of Canada at a time when it is developing a new cybersecurity strategy.  

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And to Public Safety Canada for providing funding through the Cyber Security Cooperation Program.