Ethical Assessment Canadian Demonstration Project

When Data is Used Beyond the Understanding

IAF has developed an ethical assessment framework for big data and other processing of personal information that goes beyond the understanding of individuals. IAF and AccessPrivacy, the Osler Hoskins Harcourt LLP privacy and data management consulting service, is working with 15-20 Canadian organisations or Canadian offices of multi-national companies to customise the ethical assessment framework so that it reflects the policy intent behind the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Canadian provincial private, health, and public sector privacy laws.  IAF also received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to conduct a multi-stakeholder evaluation process in connection with the creation of the customised Canadian assessment framework.

The project includes two in-person meetings with the business community in Osler’s Toronto office. Funding companies participate in those meetings and any additional conference calls and have the opportunity to review and comment on the work product as it is developed.  That work product is then evaluated during the multi-stakeholder process, and feedback from that process is used in finalising the Canadian ethical assessment framework.

Contact Marty Abrams at or Lynn Goldstein at for more information.

Project Participants*
Bell Canada
Canada Health Infoway
Canadian Tire
Equifax Canada Inc.
IBM Canada
Great-West Lifeco
Manulife Financial
Nymity Inc.
PwC Canada
Staples Canada
TD Bank Group
Visa Canada

*The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has awarded a grant for the project’s independent research. See IAF grant proposal.

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