Law and Digital Rights: Citizens and their Data

Does full digital citizenship also mean full data sovereignty, that is, unimpeachable personal control over our information and data? This session will explore ways citizens can be empowered through greater control of their data. Among the questions that will be explored: Should Canadians have stronger data protections and greater control over data collected about us? Should there be an European style “right to be forgotten” in Canada or a standardized expiry date on data imposed? And should different groups—such as First Nations—deserve greater data sovereignty than others? And how can citizens better protect their own data from appropriation, seizure, or exploitation, from crossing borders with large sums of stored personal data to basic information security “best practice” for individuals.

Lead Discussants:

Moderator: Ellie Marshall, Student, University of Toronto


For the first half hour, 2-3 experts and session leads will outline key issues and knowledge gaps and identify a number of key issues to be discussed. Afterwards, the room will break into smaller groups for facilitated discussions about the various key issues before re-convening as a whole to exchange ideas.

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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