Nothing Personal: Emerging De-identification Standards

On-campus seminar / live webcast – February 28 at 11 a.m. ET (60 min)

In collaboration with Privacy Analytics, we are proud to present to you an interesting talk on the standards of de-identification.

Mr. Malcolm Townsend, IT Research Analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, will be giving a talk at the University of Ottawa on the standards of de-identification of private and personal information, which helps produce shareable data that can be used for a greater good.

 What you will learn

  • De-identification can be used to strike a balance between protecting personal information and the desire to use personal information in new and innovative ways.
  • A number of standards have emerged to help organizations lower the risk of re-identification and achieve better balance between privacy protection and commercial purposes.
  • In this talk we will discuss some these standards and how they will influence the methods of de-identification and assessing the risk of re-identification.
  • We will also touch on some of the  work that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) is currently doing in this field.

So come out and discover this exciting privacy-enhancing technology!

Malcolm Townsend’s Bio

Malcolm Townsend is an IT Research Analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He is part of a dynamic team working on various subjects related to privacy and security including technical support for investigations. Before joining the OPC, Malcolm completed a graduate degree in engineering and then worked in various engineering and technical roles within the telecommunications and banking sectors. The majority of Malcolm’s experience was gained in Europe where he worked as a telecommunications engineer.

Event Details

When: Wednesday Feb 28, 2018 at 11:00 (registration starts at 10:45)

Where: University of Ottawa, Louis-Pasteur Building, Room LPR-286


10:45am – 11:00am – Guest welcoming, registration, coffee and pastries

11:00am – 11:05am – Welcoming remarks

11:05am – 11:50am – Seminar

11:50pm – 12:00pm – Closing remarks and Q&A

Privacy Analytics is an Ottawa-based technology privacy company that provides solutions to turn HIPAA protected health information into de-identified data that can be shared for greater use. Their solution ensures de-identification that goes far beyond simple masking techniques to protect individual privacy, and to effectively prevent re-identification.