Ann Cavoukian

Ann Cavoukian - Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute

Since the mid-1990s, Ann Cavoukian, PhD, has been a pioneer in the field of information privacy and security law in Canada. As the commissioner of information and privacy for the Province of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian spearheaded the development and implementation of the Privacy by Design methodology, a step-by-step process by which electronics manufacturers, retailers, and organizations of all types may protect and secure individuals’ personal information stored in large-scale networked data systems.

As a public official, Ann Cavoukian is accountable for ensuring that companies and organizations uphold the information privacy laws and ordinances in Ontario. She investigates privacy complaints, resolves information non-disclosure conflicts, and conducts ongoing research into information access and privacy issues, offering counsel to provincial and national legislators for specific programs and government action.

Dr. Cavoukian is often praised for her contributions to protecting privacy rights in Ontario and is an active member of professional information security associations. She has earned the Privacy Innovation Award (2005) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Privacy Hero and Leadership Award (2008) from WiredSafety. In addition, Ann Cavoukian serves as chairwoman of the International Biometric Advisory Council and is a board member of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI) at the University of Toronto.

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