Canadian Privacy Laws now
favorable for the LP professional
3-part series publishing today, tomorrow and Wednesday
June 18, 2015 marked the introduction of major changes to the
Canadian Privacy Laws, which had previously made it extremely difficult for
LP professionals to share information about known criminals. Read the firsthand
account of the 15-year journey to change a law that was intended to protect
against crime, but in fact made it possible for the criminal to operate with
anonymity to a certain degree.
Part 1 - The
Great Debate: Privacy versus Security
Retail Consultant, Grist Mill Solutions
We live in a world that is constantly trying to balance the aspects of privacy
and security. Some might say that in order to provide a safe and secure
environment, it is necessary to protect personal information. Others might argue
that it is necessary to understand the risks and threats and therefore to obtain
personal information is required to establish safety and security by knowing who
the bad guys are. Whatever your view is on the matter, the fact remains the
same, there are very clear advocates on both sides and the answer is not as
obvious as one might think. In fact it seems that proponents of one view switch
sides every time there is a security-related event or a major data breach.
In order to protect our nations against the threat of terrorism we must be able
to identify individuals with nefarious intentions before they can act. Seems
easy enough, simply conduct some due diligence work and you will be able to
identify them. This topic has been playing out in the media since 9/11,
In order to protect oneself against identify theft it would stand to reason that
personal information should not be easily obtained by anyone not absolutely
requiring it for the purpose for which it was intended when presented.
This is the story of one country's long journey through the challenges of
balancing privacy and security. A journey not without major losses and crime
along the way. A journey not without a tremendous amount of frustration by those
trying to do the right thing; by investigating suspected criminals.
In 2000 Canada introduce a piece of legislation called the Protection of
Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (The Privacy Act). In 2000
savvy criminals discovered a whole new way to commit offences and maintain a
dangerous level of anonymity. Tomorrow we will explore how PIPEDA affected the
retail community in Canada and handcuffed those tasked with the investigative
process on behalf of organizations.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.
New Keynote Speaker Announced:
Chief Information Security Officer, The Home Depot
Named one of the top 10 most influential Chief Information Security Officers by
Sys-Con Justice Systems, Jamil Farshchi has successfully protected some of the
world's most sensitive information assets including nuclear weapons, financial
systems and networks, and complex technologies such as the space shuttle, Hubble
Telescope, and Mars Rover.
Jamil's information security background is diverse, from leading a team at the
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to building risk-based security programs
for media conglomerate Time Warner. He has also held senior executive positions
at NASA and VISA, where he was responsible for protecting the company's consumer
payment card transactions. In March 2015, The Home Depot hired Jamil its first
ever chief information security officer. He is charged with the unique challenge
of securing and enabling some of the most engaging, valuable and widely consumed
content and has overall responsibility for Home Depot's information security,
data protection and vulnerability management.
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