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IPC Privacy Day Webcast
IPC Privacy Day Webcast: Empowering a New Generation of Digital Citizens
Jan 24 2022

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Jan 24 2022

S2-Episode 1: Real or fake? The buzz about synthetic data
New artificial intelligence technologies now make it possible to create fake versions of personal information that look and feel a lot like the real thing but are different enough to protect individual privacy. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Dr. Khaled El Emam about how synthetic datasets are made from real patient data and how they can be used to advance important health research while minimizing privacy risks.
Jan 20 2022

Ontario IPC concludes its review of Durham Region’s privacy breach
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has concluded its review of a privacy breach that occurred almost a year ago in Durham Region. The breach was traced to the region’s use of Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) software, a product that has been linked to breaches in organizations around the world as part of a massive spree of cyberattacks.
Jan 18 2022

Auld Lang “Send”: let’s end email blunders and resolve to do better in 2022
How many of us have accidentally pressed “send” on an email to the wrong person?  It happened to me several years ago when my flight was cancelled and I sent a late-night email to my husband from the back of a very dark cab, letting him know I was on my way home from the airport. I signed, “Love you” at the end with x’s and o’s as I typically do, only to find out I had sent it to the wrong Ken! I was mortified of course, and the VP of a large company at the time...
Jan 12 2022

Goodbye 2021: Reflections on the year that was
Throughout the past year, we continued to be tested in our ability to develop and persevere in the face of change and uncertainty, inflicted by a brutal and unrelenting pandemic.
Dec 22 2021

Comments on the Toronto Police Services Board’s draft Use of New Artificial Intelligence Technologies Policy
Dec 21 2021

COVID-19 Information and Resources
The following information will help individuals and organizations manage privacy and access issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to add new and relevant information.
Dec 17 2021

From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions-
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Dec 12 2021

Submission of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on the Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) on the right to access records in electronic format
Dec 03 2021

Digital health week: Celebrating health care on the digital frontier
The health care landscape shifted dramatically in March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. A recent study estimates that outpatient virtual care visits in Ontario increased by nearly 70 per cent from pre-pandemic levels.
Dec 01 2021

S1-Episode 10: From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions.
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Nov 29 2021

More and more we’re living online, and cybercriminals know it!
While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down almost every aspect of our society and has grounded to a near-halt many sectors of our economy, cybercriminals remained busier than ever and show no signs of abating.
Oct 08 2021

The Color Purple
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and on Tuesday, October 27, I will be wearing purple to show my support for Dress Purple Day. This day raises awareness of the vital role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families.  Protecting the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and youth also includes protecting their privacy and empowering them with access to their own personal information.
Oct 29 2020

It’s About You: Your File and Your Rights Under Ontario’s Child and Family Services Law (printable brochure)
Print double-sided (flip on short edge) on legal size paper, fold on dotted lines
Oct 15 2020