In a pair of op-eds for the Toronto Star, former Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian writes about why privacy is important to prosperity and how a loss of privacy harms society’s freedom. Cavoukian discusses the connections between privacy, property and the value of personal data and why she disagrees with sacrificing privacy in the name of safety. “What we are saying is that we must be innovative and develop policies and supporting technologies that incorporate both privacy and public safety, privacy and data analytics,” Cavoukian writes. “We need to build systems that effectively and efficiently honour the clauses in the constitutions of free nations that probable cause must be presented by the police before an individual’s privacy may be contravened.”
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