IPC Privacy Day Webcast: Law Enforcement and Surveillance Technologies

January 27, 2021, 7pm - 7pm

IPC Privacy Day Webcast

Law Enforcement and Surveillance Technologies

January 28, 2021, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Free to Register

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly turning to surveillance technologies to perform policing functions and achieve operational efficiencies. Examples of these technologies include body-worn cameras, automated licence plate recognition, facial recognition and other artificial intelligence and biometric based technologies. While these technologies can aid law enforcement, they can also have a significant negative impact on privacy and other fundamental rights if not used with appropriate governance frameworks in place.

Please join us on January 28, at 9:30 a.m., when Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, will host a Privacy Day discussion on the promise and perils of surveillance technologies in law enforcement. The event is free and open to all.

Key issues to be discussed include:

  • Designing and integrating rules that protect personal information, and provide for effective oversight and control mechanisms
  • Principles of necessity, transparency, and accountability when engaging in technology-assisted policing
  • Growing public demand for police accountability and changing attitudes towards police use of technology
  • The need to ensure that law enforcement use of technologies is effective in achieving its objectives and respects human rights and civil liberties

The morning’s agenda:

9:30 a.m. – Welcome and introductory remarks by IPC Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim

9:35 a.m. – Overview of emerging surveillance technologies by law enforcement, Chris Parsons, Senior Research Associate, Citizen Lab

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion moderated by the Commissioner

  • Raj Dhir, Executive Director/Chief Legal Officer, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Colin Freeze, Reporter, Globe and Mail
  • Stephen McCammon, Legal Counsel, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Chris Parsons, Senior Research Associate, Citizen Lab
  • Alana Saulnier, Criminology Program Coordinator and professor, Lakehead University
  • Colin Stairs, Chief Information Officer, Toronto Police Service

11:00 a.m. – Audience Q&A moderated by the Commissioner

11:20 a.m. – Summary by Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan

11:25 a.m. – Concluding remarks by IPC Assistant Commissioner, Sherry Liang

11:30 a.m. – Event ends

Watch: Privacy Day Webcast – Law Enforcement and Surveillance Technologies

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