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Genetec talks privacy with former Ontario Privacy and Information Commissioner Ann Cavoukian

Engage, the new Genetec podcast, will bring perspectives on the impact of security technology

October 20, 2020  By  SP&T Staff

“When we talk about privacy vs. public safety, I can assure you that it is never privacy that wins, nor should it be. But what I reject, is the proposition that privacy must suffer,” insists Dr. Ann Cavoukian in “First Principles”, the inaugural episode of Engage, a new podcast series hosted by Genetec Inc.

Engage: A Genetec podcast, will examine safety and security topics, such as digital transformation in business, city, and government operations, to vital technology topics including privacy, and data sovereignty.

“In the world of privacy, Dr. Ann Cavoukian is a formidable force,” said Andrew Elvish, Vice President of Marketing at Genetec, Inc., in a prepared statement. “Dr. Cavoukian champions a pragmatic, proactive approach, which she feels is especially important in an age when more personal and behavioral information is being used to track and anticipate our activities – it is an important perspective that resonates within the practice of physical security as much as it does in the wider public.”

During this interview, Cavoukian talks about the importance of adopting a ‘Privacy by Design’ approach to software. She argues that the old “check the box” model for privacy compliance no longer holds up when considered in light of the type and volume of information being shared.


“Get rid of the ‘versus’ and let’s embrace privacy and embed it into the code of information technologies, business practices and networked infrastructure,” she says.

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