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Canadian Push 7-20-15

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

By Stephen O'Keefe
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:

Jamil Farshchi, 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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