PACC In the News


CBC — August 13, 2018 — Privacy group wants better regulation for GPS starter interrupt devices

The Epoch Times — August 8, 2018 — Cadillac Fairview Suspends Facial Recognition at Malls Pending Investigation

770 CHQR — August 8, 2018 – The Danielle Smith Show

CBC — August 7, 2018 — Cellphone tracking has been used in at least 1 Canadian mall, former employee says

Huffington Post — August 6, 2018 — Cadillac Fairview Suspends Use Of Facial Recognition Software In Calgary Malls — August 6, 2018 – Mall operator suspends use of facial recognition as Canadian privacy commissioners investigate legality

Global News — August 5, 2018 — Cadillac Fairview suspends use of facial recognition cameras at Calgary malls

MSN — August 4, 2018 — Mall In Canada Using Facial Recognition Software

CBC — August 4, 2018 — Company suspends use of mall directory cameras running facial recognition software

CKNW  — July 30 2018 — The Jon MccComb Show

BoingBoing — July 28, 2018 — Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

Saskatoon StarPhoenix — July 27, 2018 — Careful, that mall directory has eyes

Gizmodo — July 27, 2018 — Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

National Post — July 27, 2018 — Privacy advocates concerned after error reveals Calgary mall using facial recognition program in directories 

CTV News —  July 26 2017 — Facial recognition software discovered in Calgary mall kiosks

Yahoo News — Jully 26, 2018 — At least two malls are using facial recognition technology to track shoppers’ ages and genders without telling

660 News — July 26, 2018 – Calgary malls using facial recognition on shoppers

CTV News Calgary — July 26, 2018 — Kiosks that provide and collect information concern shoppers at Calgary malls

CBC — July 26, 2018 — At least two malls are using facial recognition technology to track shoppers’ ages and genders without telling


October 16, 2017 — PACC Board member James T. Swanson to co-host the 7th annual Ontario eDiscovery Institute

CBC — July 27, 2017 — Saskatoon police say no personal information to be shared from 2 new licence plate readers

July 10, 2017 — PACC joins more than 20 organizations and individuals to call on the Government of Canada to take a more active role in the leadership of the Open Government Partnership

CBC – July 5, 2017 — PACC president discussed privacy impacts of Automated License Plate readers

CBC – June 5, 2017 — PACC President interviewed on CBC Calgary Eyeopener on your privacy rights at the border

CBC — May 27, 2017 — Privacy concerns raised as Calgary considers electronic parking permit proposal

Global News — April 26, 2017 — Calgary residents concerned parking proposal could violate privacy

CBC – April 26, 2017 — Privacy concerns raised over Calgary parking enforcement proposal

PACC President interviewed by CBC on privacy implications of using photo enforcement in residential parking permit zones.

April 6-8, 2017 — PACC hosts the National Privacy & Data Governance Congress 2017 in Calgary, AB

Blacklocks Reporter — March 27, 2017 — Airline Sues Over Disclosure

CBC – March 27, 2017 — Leaks happen, so province needs to find a way to disclose kids’ deaths in care, say privacy experts

Blacklocks Reporter — March 22, 2017 – PACC President quoted by Blacklocks Reporter on how organizations use access to information laws to avoid disclosing information

Metro News – February 15, 2017 — PACC President quoted by Metro News on perverse interpretations of access legislation

February 27, 2017 — PACC President featured in Alberta Health Services Provincial News & Views

January 31 2017 — PACC Vice President Charles Wordsworth joins BCAware career panel discussion to explore Cyber-Security and Privacy Consulting

January 11, 2017 — PACC Board member James T. Swanson chairs the inaugural Alberta Legal Technology Conference

January 7, 2017 — PACC president invited to speak at the Canadian Constitution Foundation Annual Conference in Toronto ON

2016 – December 15 — PACC is a signatory to an open letter in the National Observer calling on the federal government to proactively and transparently release all submissions they have received in response to Public Safety Canada’s National Security consultation.

McGill Daily – November 14, 2016 – Sharon Polsky quoted in The McGill Daily as panel discusses surveillance of the press

October 2016 — PACC President invited to participate in the CHIMA Healthcare Information Governance Summit

October 24-25, 2016 — PACC president Sharon Polsky invited to speak at CHIMA Conference in Edmonton, Alberta

Corus Entertainment – September 22, 2016 – PACC President interviewed on QR77 on potential privacy implications of “robocall” reminders

CBC – May 27, 2016 – PACC President on how CASL breaches occur

May 2016 — PACC president invited to speak about privacy and risk assessments at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada Annual Conference & Exhibition in Calgary AB

CBC December 11, 2015 – Ransom paid by police and law firms to hackers, says Calgary privacy expert: ‘If it’s worth it to them to regain control of their information, absolutely they’re going to pay it:’ expert

CBC November 30, 2015 – PACC President discusses how general wording in user agreements opens Canadians up to sharing far more than they intended

2015 Ontario Connections Conference – PACC Director Eric Lawton presented at the 2015 Ontario Connections Conference, discussing Top Ten Tips for Assessing Privacy Risks

May 28-31, 2015 – PACC President delivers the keynote presentation at the 42nd Annual AALT Conference

May 23, 2015 — PACC Board member James T. Swanson discusses Copyright and Copyleft – Tips and Traps for Copyright and Licensing at Wordcamp 2015 in Calgary AB

May 22, 2105 — PACC Director of Professional Certification, Eric Lawton, participates in a panel discussion about best practices for assessing privacy risks, at the 2015 Ontario Connections Conference, Toronto ON

May 25-27, 2015 — Sandra Smith-Frampton MAPP invited to speak about Compliance and the Cloud at ARMA Canada Conference

April 1, 2016 – Philippa Lawson and Commissioner Elizabeth Denham honored recipients of the 2015  PACC Fellowship Awards


December 2014 — PACC President invited to join Advisory Board of the Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies

CBC November 24, 2014 – PACC President discusses how current legislation fails to protect Canadians’ privacy online

November 4, 2014 — PACC Board member James T. Swanson speaks at the Sedona Conference in New Orleans, LA

September 23, 2014 — University of Waterloo privacy officer Karen Jack MAPP cohosts the “Sunshine Summit,” a day of engaging and informative conversation in conjunction with the Privacy & Access Council of Canada

May 2, 2014 — PACC President Sharon Polsky, and PACC Vice-President Charles Wordsworth, deliver a keynote presentation at the Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education, hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond BC

April 2014 — PACC Board member James T. Swanson joins the Osgoode Hall Law School’s eDiscovery, Records Management, Information Governance and Privacy faculty

April 25-26, 2017 — PACC Vice President Charles Wordsworth discusses Municipal Nightmares: Security Incident Response and Investigation Tales from the Trenches at MISA BC Spring 2017

BC Privacy & Security Awareness Day – February 5, 2014 – PACC President participates in BC Privacy & Security Awareness Day panel

September 27, 2013 — PACC hosts Sunshine Summit in Victoria, BC in honor of International Right to Know Day

June 10, 2013 – PACC joins 85 Civil Society Groups and Technology Companies to Demand an End to NSA Spying

CBC January 11, 2012 – PACC President discusses what’s at risk with the theft of employees’ personal and banking information in a weekend break-in at the University of Victoria