2000 Conferences

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 their efforts.

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:

  • 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 privacy.
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.

Speaker Bio
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).