Category Archives: Information Accountability 2.0

Comprehensive Data Impact Assessments Set the Stage for Accountability 2.0

There is no disagreement, whether in Europe, the Americas or Asia, that a fully connected world requires those that think and act with data to demonstrate that their processing of data is legal, fair and just.  Demonstration requires comprehensive data impact assessments that help organizations discover the issues for all stakeholders. Discovery of issues helps determine that data is processed appropriately, particularly when uses go beyond the common understanding of the individuals to whom the data pertains. 

Over the past year, the Information Accountability Foundation (“IAF”) has had the pleasure of working with many Canadians in developing an assessment framework for Canadian organizations thinking and acting with data.  The IAF received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to develop and evaluate an assessment process for thinking and acting with data in Canada.  The IAF further received support and participation from twenty companies in actually developing an assessment framework that would be an extension of Canadian privacy impact assessments.  The product of that work was evaluated with other stakeholders last December.  The project would not have been possible without the wise assistance the IAF received from Adam Kardash of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

On February 28, 2017, the IAF submitted the assessment framework and its report to the OPC.  Both are proudly posted on the IAF website.  The IAF believes the report and assessment framework demonstrate that similar frameworks, that both link with local law and global trends, are doable.  The IAF looks forward to doing further work in Canada on scalable oversight of assessments and in other locations on developing a growing tool chest of comprehensive assessments.

Accountability in an Observational, Analytics-Driven Digital Economy

Since a multi-stakeholder group first defined them in 2009, the essential elements of accountability have become well established in the field of data protection. These elements are reflected in guidance from data protection and privacy authorities in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Colombia and France. They have been adopted as key elements in the European General… Continue Reading

Abrams & Cullen Speak on Accountability & Information Governance Risk

On 25 February, IAF’s Marty Abrams and Peter Cullen spoke at the Conference Board Webcast entitled, “Information Accountability in an Era of Information Governance Risk”. Their presentation examined how to make organizations more resilient through improved governance and accountability of information. They argued that companies must recognize how data and information is being used throughout… Continue Reading

What Does Information Accountability 2.0 Look Like in a 21st Century Data World?

In 1980, the OECD issued Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (“OECD Guidelines”). This was the first international articulation of substantive principles of data protection. Twenty-nine years later, the Global Information Accountability Project sought to articulate the process elements that implement the OECD’s data protection principles. Accountability is not… Continue Reading

The Essential Elements of Accountability Form the Bedrock for Tomorrow’s Data Governance

More data, more analytics, more insights, more data usage, more friction and more uncertainty. These are the easy predictions for 2015. Legal certainty is surely not in the cards, but data-driven innovation in addition to individual and societal protection must be. Yet, to achieve these positive outcomes, we need organized reason based on the “essential… Continue Reading