Privacy Revolution

Privacy Revolution is an afternoon conference open to the general public in which privacy leaders from legal practice, the industry, and academia will address the latest developments of the field. This year, the conference will focus on two developments that promise to revolutionize the field in Canada during the next five years: the Right to be Forgotten and Privacy Class Actions.

The right to be forgotten is currently the pivotal element of how legal systems balance privacy, reputation, and speech. Embraced in the E.U. first by the European Court of Justice in Google v. Spainand then by the GDPR, while strongly rejected in the U.S., it is unclear where Canada will stand in the divide. Privacy class actions, rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in Spokeo, and currently under debate in the E.U. with Schremsfiled at the Austrian supreme Court, will determine whether millions of citizens around the world can sue corporations for privacy breaches. With privacy class actions filed in Ontario against Bank of Montreal and potentially in British Columbia with a second Douez, where Canada will stand is also to be determined. These two issues have the potential of changing the corporate liability landscape for any company that interacts with technology and personal information.

Aimed at bringing together the leading experts (whose presentations will be published by the CIPP as part of an ongoing collection), this conference poses a unique opportunity as Canadian lawmakers and courts tackle complex agendas, such as a possible adoption of the right to be forgotten in Canada or the outlook as regards privacy class actions. As privacyis being redefined amidst recent scandals involving technology giants and strict privacy regimes introduced by the EU, should Canada hop on the wagon? If so, which one?

McGill’s CIPP cordially invites practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students to join the field experts in their bold attempt to conceptualize the recent developments in privacy and draw a roadmap for the next steps to be taken in Canada. With great consequences on litigation, consumer relations, and innovation, the stakes have never been higher than now.

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13:30-13:45      Opening remarks 
Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse

13:45-15:15      Panel 1 (Right to be Forgotten), moderated by Vincent Gautrais
Jennifer Stoddart
Michael Rosenstock
Andrea Slane
Pierre-Luc Déziel

15:15-15:30      Break 

15:30-17:00      Panel 2 (Privacy Class Actions), moderated by Nicolas Vermeys
Eloise Gratton
Evan Thomas 
Catherine Piché
Thomas Kadri

17:00-17:15      Closing remarks 
Ignacio Cofone

17:15-18:30      Closing cocktail (wine and cheese)

This content has been updated on March 22, 2019 at 11:07.