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Striking the Balance: Privacy and Freedom of Expression in a Digital Age


April 4, 2018 14:00 - 16:00





A half-day symposium exploring the right to be forgotten

The so-called right to be forgotten is coming to Canada. Earlier this year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner released a draft policy claiming the right for individuals to remove certain search engine results already exists within current privacy laws. Should Canadians welcome a version of this European law? Or are the trade-offs for Charter-protected access to information too great? Explore the intersection of reputation and freedom of expression at a half-day summit featuring privacy experts, the tech industry and journalism leaders as they explore the implications for Canada.

Wednesday, April 4

The Globe and Mail Centre
351 King Street East, Level 17
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1:30 p.m. Doors open and registration

2:00 p.m. Opening remarks

2:10 p.m. How Canada thinks about Digital Privacy
Amanda Maltby, Chair of Privacy and Data Advisory Committee, Canadian Marketing Association (survey insights), and General Manager, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Post

2:30 p.m. Policy and Privacy in the Digital World
Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada

3:00 p.m. Privacy and the Charter
A debate between David Fraser, Internet, Technology and Privacy Lawyer/Partner, McInnes Cooper, and Barry Sookman, Internet Lawyer/Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
Moderated by Esther Enkin, Ombudsman for CBC English Services

3:40 p.m. Break

3:50 p.m. Privacy, Expression and Search Engines
Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, Google, in conversation with Christine Dobby, Telecom Reporter, The Globe and Mail

4:30 p.m. Canada’s Privacy Paradigm
Michael Geist, Privacy Expert/Law Professor at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, in conversation with Susan Krashinsky Robertson, marketing and media reporter, The Globe and Mail

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Tickets: $49
Student (Limited quantity. ID required): $29