Privacy and COVID-19 Mini-Summit

June 17, 2020 | 10:00-13:00


In jurisdictions around the world, automated contact tracing is being considered as an element of COVID-19 recovery efforts. However, in many regions these efforts are being met with resistance, with significant questions being raised around surveillance, privacy, and even the efficacy of such systems. 

This Mini-Summit, the first hosted by the Canadian Anonymization Network (CANON), will use automated contact tracing to reflect on the kinds of considerations that any organization seeking to deploy de-identification, differential privacy, synthetic data, or similar privacy-enhancing technologies must keep front of mind. The focus cannot be entirely on protective measures you put in place; instead, you must also incorporate contextual considerations and thorough examinations of any potential benefits, concerns or harms associated with a system, particularly where potentially sensitive data is concerned.