Privacy Day Event – Privacy and Public Safety: A Progress Report

Jan 13 2016

Whether the issue is police record checks, street checks or body-worn cameras, new technologies and new ways of collecting and sharing personal information are having a substantial impact on privacy. These issues have sparked intense public debate about the collection, retention and disclosure of information by police services. The public discourse has led to significant progress in the protection of Ontarians’ privacy, but there is still more work to be done to find the appropriate balance between public safety and privacy.

We invite you to join us in-person or via webcast on January 28, 2016 for a Privacy Day symposium which will examine this progress and look at the essential next steps that need to be taken to both protect privacy rights and ensure public safety. This event will include a feature presentation by Brian Beamish, Commissioner, and a panel discussion among our special guest experts on privacy, human rights and public safety. The panel will be moderated by David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner.

Our special guest panelists are:

Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Regional Police Service and Vice President, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

Chief Bryan Larkin was appointed as the 7th Chief of Police of the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 2014. He is committed to enhancing the effectiveness of operational policing services while developing long-term strategies to build a strong, vibrant and healthy Waterloo Region.

Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Renu Mandhane was appointed Chief Commissioner in October 2015. She is the former Executive Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. She has an LL.M in international human rights law from New York University and is a recognized expert.

Deputy Commissioner Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia

Prior to this appointment, Mr. McEvoy served as Assistant Commissioner and as Senior Adjudicator. Before joining the Office he acted as legal counsel to the Labour Relations Board, practiced law in the private sector and was also an advisor to the British Columbia Attorney General.

Deputy Minister Matt Torigian, Community Safety, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Matt Torigian was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety in 2014 and acts as Ontario’s Deputy Solicitor General. Mr. Torigian began a policing career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1985 and held progressively responsible positions until his appointment as fifth Chief of Police in 2007. He has worked conscientiously toward addressing the root causes of crime, building neighborhood capacity and promoting shared responsibility toward community wellness.

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