Surveillance “takes over”: Privacy Commissioner
“Surveillance is taking over and we need to do something now,” the former Ontario Privacy Commissioner said on May 6.
Ann Cavoukian said surveillance can invade people’s privacy and should be controlled.
Plus, she pointed out, it’s a myth that if someone isn’t doing something wrong, they shouldn’t worry about surveillance.
The problem, Cavoukian told delegates at the Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit online conference, is control over his personal information – which only the individual knows the context of his personal information.
“You can’t have freedom without privacy,” said Cavoukian, now executive director of the Privacy By Design Center of Excellence in Toronto.
She said the surveillance is “usurping your cognitive bandwidth.”
“You end up turning your should all the time into wondering who is listening.”
She said U.S. cryptographer and privacy expert Bruce Schneier said surveillance was the Internet’s business model.
Cavoukian, a psychologist, is behind the concept of Privacy By Design, the idea that privacy security considerations should be built into systems up front rather than having to deal with privacy issues. privacy violation after the fact.
It’s about being proactive to prevent damage, Cavoukian said.
She said that expecting people to read user agreements to see if their privacy is protected is unrealistic.
“You can’t put that kind of burden on the individual,” she said. “By default, individuals do not ask for confidentiality, but give it automatically.”
Cavoukian said privacy by design should be “built into” systems such as video surveillance, biometrics, smart meters, smart grids, the Internet of Things and radio frequency identification applications. .
Getting a head start with such flaws could prevent costly class actions and loss of consumer confidence that can destroy businesses.
Cavoukian said COVID-19 has raised unique privacy concerns (https://bit.ly/2PTns60) and criticizes some contact tracing apps that allow “unwanted monitoring and discrimination.”