Contributor: Ann Cavoukian, Alexander Dix, Khaled El Emam

Ann Cavoukian is Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, appointed in 1997 and currently serving her third term. She joined the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in 1987, during its start-up phase, as its first Director of Compliance. In 1990, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner. She is perhaps best known for her mantra of “Privacy by Design.” 

Alexander Dix was elected as Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information by the Berlin State Parliament (Germany) in June 2005. Previously he had been Commissioner in the State of Brandenburg for seven years. 

Khaled El Emam is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, a senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and a Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa.

Opinion

Consent and Personal Control Are Not Things of the Past

By Ann Cavoukian, Alexander Dix, Khaled El Emam

Note from the Editor:

Editor’s Note: The authors present this post in response to the arguments presented by Victor Mayer-Schönberger's in "Data Protection Principles for the 21st Century," as reported by Sam Pfeifle from the IAPP Data Protection Congress, on December 12, 2013, in the article “Forget Notice and Choice, Let’s Regulate Use.”

We will be releasing a white paper, early in the new year, challenging the view that consent and personal control of one's data by data subjects is a thing of the past—it is not. In fact, in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations, we are witnessing the opposite: a resurgence of interest in strengthening personal privacy.

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