Pollyanna Sanderson and Teresa Scassa › Privacy Challenges with COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2020


The Centre for Law, Technology and Society  and the AI + Society Initiative present:


Privacy Challenges with COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps


A conversation with
Pollyanna Sanderson and Teresa Scassa
moderated by Lauren Reid

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
at 12:00 ET


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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and corporations are looking into automated contact-tracing apps. Pan-European researchers, academics, activists, technologists, and companies have announced the development of such apps for public health authorities, governments, and employers. Google and Apple have developed an API to support a particular model of contact-tracing app. COVID19 contact-tracing apps are coming to a phone near you–if not already–and have sparked many privacy concerns and trade-offs with public health, liberty, equity, and trust.

Join Teresa Scassa (University of Ottawa) and Polly Sanderson (Future of Privacy Forum) for a conversation on these privacy challenges in a comparative perspective, notably between Canada and the United States, that will be moderated by privacy expert Lauren Reid.


About the Speakers

Pollyanna Sanderson is a Policy Counsel at Future of Privacy Forum. Her work focused on US privacy legislation at the federal and state level. Recently, her focus has moved more towards the privacy implications of the pandemic, in particular contact tracing & exposure notification apps, COVID-19 privacy legislation, and virtual collaboration software. Previously, Polly sat as the Google Public Policy Fellow at the National Consumers League. There, she worked on developing a pro-consumer approach to privacy legislation in the United States. 

Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.

Lauren Reid is president of The Privacy Pro, a boutique consulting firm that assists clients with ethical data assessments, data governance and privacy program development, privacy training, and GDPR compliance. Her broad range of experience includes consulting, privacy software product manager, and in-house privacy officer. She frequently speaks at conferences across Europe and North America on on privacy governance, GDPR, data ethics, and demonstrating compliance.


This event will be in English only.
This event will be recorded.

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