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Info Matters is a podcast about people, privacy, and access to information hosted by Patricia Kosseim, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. We dive into conversations with people from all walks of life and hear stories about the access and privacy issues that matter most to them.

Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for general information only. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice.  Unless specifically stated otherwise, the IPC does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this podcast, and information from this podcast should not be used or reproduced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. None of the information, opinions and recommendations presented in this podcast bind the IPC’s Tribunal that may be called upon to independently investigate and decide upon an individual complaint or appeal based on the specific facts and unique circumstances of a given case.

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S4-Episode 4: Artificial intelligence in health care: Balancing innovation with privacy

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to accelerate and improve many aspects of health care from diagnostics to treatment. However, the use of AI in health care also raises significant questions about privacy, patient safety, ethics, and transparency. Dr. Devin Singh of Toronto’s Hospital...

Published on Jun 20, 2024

S4-Episode 3: No government ID: Navigating homelessness, identity, and privacy

Most of us take our government issued ID for granted. If we lose it, it’s a minor inconvenience. But for people experiencing homelessness, not having valid ID or a fixed address to obtain these documents is a much more serious challenge. Robert Fabes of The Ottawa Mission shares insights on the...

Published on May 7, 2024

S4-Episode 2: At face value: Facial recognition technologies and privacy

From unlocking smartphones to solving crimes, facial recognition technologies are re-shaping identification as we know it. In this episode, we peer into the privacy and human rights implications of facial recognition systems with technology and human rights lawyer Cynthia Khoo.

Published on Apr 4, 2024

S4-Episode 1: In their own words: Students from Westboro Academy speak out about privacy

Info Matters kicks off its fourth season with a unique twist, handing the microphone over to Grade 7 and 8 students from Westboro Academy in Ottawa. They share insights on what privacy means to them, how they navigate digital spaces, and what parents, educators, and regulators can do to support...

Published on Feb 22, 2024

S3-Episode 10: Best of season three

Tune in for riveting conversations about people, privacy, and access to information as Info Matters revisits its most thought-provoking moments from season three. This recap includes a variety of guests talking about cybersecurity, misinformation, genetic data, artificial intelligence...

Published on Jan 18, 2024

S3-Episode 9: Empowering young women and girls in the digital world

Online spaces can empower youth but can be hostile for young women. The eQuality project by University of Ottawa aims to create a safe, equal online environment.

Published on Jan 8, 2024

S3-Episode 8: What’s on your mind? Neurotechnology and mental privacy

“What’s on your mind?” It’s a common question that, with the help of new technologies, may soon yield more personal information than we’d like. Neurotechnology devices can interact directly with the brain to extract information about our thoughts and behaviours and help stimulate certain physical...

Published on Dec 6, 2023

S3-Episode 7: Unmasking digital threats: How to guard against cyber crime

It takes years to build trust in an organization, yet only seconds to bring it all crashing down. Cyber criminals are constantly finding new ways to steal sensitive data and make money from it. Jason Besner, Director of Partnerships at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, sheds light on the fast...

Published on Oct 30, 2023

S3-Episode 6: A woman’s right to know: Closing the gender gap with access to information

Access to government-held information has long been recognized as a fundamental right. Unfortunately, for many women today, getting the information they need to receive benefits or services, help support their families, and engage in civic life remains a struggle. Laura Neuman, a senior advisor with...

Published on Sep 25, 2023

S3-Episode 5: Co-designing digital health systems with patients and families

Engaging with patients, families, and caregivers can help build a better, more inclusive health system. Betty-Lou Kristy, Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, speaks about her mission to improve patient care in Ontario by putting patients and families at the center of policy...

Published on Aug 31, 2023

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