6th CACR Information Security Workshop
1st Annual Privacy and Security Workshop
Peter J. Hope-Tindall, dataprivacy Partners Ltd.
The Emerging Role of the Privacy Architect - A Biometric View
In the last decade, privacy emerged as an important public issue, in part due
to the explosive growth of the Internet. Pirvacy and data protection laws were
enacted in much of the developed world and some included serious financial and
social sanctions for non-compliance. Prominent corporations suffered front
page privacy melt-downs with resultant public relations disasters, consumer
boycotts and lost revenue. Government introduced electronic service delivery for
everything from drivers licenses to health cards, hoping to streamline processes
save costs and reduce fraud. Many learned that privacy concerns were so
difficult to address, both politically and technically, that they abandoned
Enter the Privacy Architect, whose repertoire may include computer
security, database design, systems architecture and analysis, cryptography,
biometrics, risk analysis, systems assurance, media relations, public policy
and the law...not to mention a little Cirque du Soleil. A multi-
disciplinary professional, he or she is tasked not only with helping to ensure
privacy, but also with explaining it and sometimes defining it.
The Emerging Role of the Privacy Architect - A Biometric View describes:
The presentation begins with a definition of privacy and comparison of privacy
to security; it will end with a few thoughts on the future direction of privacy
and privacy enhancing technologies.
- what a privacy architect does;
- the technical challenges that make achieving true privacy so difficult;
- some privacy enhancing tools and techniques;
- the use of biometrics in privacy protection, and
- the real world difficulties faced by those whose job it is to help ensure
Mr. Hope-Tindall is Technical Director and Chief privacy Architect of
dataprivacy Partners Ltd., one of Canada's leading privacy
consulting firms. Formerly, he was special advisor to the Information
and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario for biometrics and cryptography where he
conducted privacy audits and assessments and monitored the development of
large government systems having a significant privacy component. Mr. Hope-
Tindall also represented the province of Ontario at Industry Canada's 1998
encryption policy roundtable from which the template for Canada's National
Encryption Policy arose.
Mr. Hope-Tindall's background includes systems architecture, computer security,
data base design, telecommunications, EDI and public policy. Most recently,
he has completed the pre-implementation review of a 50,000+ certificate PKI
infrastructure, assisted a major Canadian high tech company to develop a
commercially viable privacy strategy and policy framework and evaluated the
systems architecture and privacy design of a proposed major biometric and
cryptographic public service delivery system.
Mr. Hope-Tindall is an often quoted expert in the media. His most recent
public presentation was at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference
under the auspices of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).