Nov 102009
 November 10, 2009  Business

From the press release:

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has officially recognized privacy and data protection research firm Nymity as a Privacy by Design Ambassador for its role in advancing the concept of privacy in business practices.

Privacy by Design is a concept that was developed by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, back in the ’90s. It asserts that the future of privacy cannot be assured solely by compliance with regulatory frameworks; rather, organizations should strive to make privacy their default mode of operation. Initially conceived to address the ever-growing and systemic effects of Information Technologies (IT), Privacy by Design now extends to a “trilogy” of arenas: 1) IT systems; 2) physical design and infrastructure; and 3) accountable business practices.

Recognizing that traditional approaches to implementing privacy often place constraints on an organization’s business practices, Nymity initiated a research project with the objective of creating an approach to privacy compliance that enables businesses to prosper while, at the same time, advancing the protection of personal information.

“Nymity’s Legal Research Team developed a pragmatic process that allows organizations to bake privacy into their business activities, to ensure compliance without restricting business – a win/win scenario,” says Terry McQuay, Nymity President.

A new paper developed with the IPC: “A Pragmatic Approach to Privacy Risk Optimization: Privacy by Design for Business Practices,” introduces Nymity’s Privacy Risk Optimization Process (PROP) – a process that enables default privacy within operational policies and procedures, resulting in Privacy by Design for business practices. The paper was released at the recent pre-conference event co-hosted in Madrid by Commissioner Cavoukian and Yoram Hacohen, Head of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA): Privacy by Design: The Definitive Workshop.

For a copy of the new paper on business practices, or to learn more about Privacy by Design, please visit

Source: Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

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