By: Bashir Fancy, I.S.P. (ret.), CEO & Chair, CIPS National

CIPS Speaks to Federal Privacy Commissioner:

Based on the submission of our whitepaper in July 2016 see http://www.cips.ca/papers, CIPS was invited to a meeting with the Federal Privacy Commissioner, as well as his Provincial counterparts to discuss the themes that they picked out of the various submissions.  Discussions centered around two major issues. Firstly:

a.     “Implied Consent” – Legal Counsels/Compliance Officers from General Motors, Xerox and a couple of other Corporations argued that if an individual has consented  to something with that Organization, it was a perpetual one and those Corporations could use it for anything and everything.  On behalf of CIPS, I presented a counterargument citing real examples.  The CIPS position received support from the participants, but more importantly from Daniel Therrien, the Federal Privacy Commissioner.

b.     The second issue was whether Corporations should be allowed to self-regulate and how would penalties be applied, given that very few organizations have been charged so far.  This issue identified that the Federal Privacy Commissioner did not have sufficient powers.    Corporations felt that self-regulation was sufficient and the Federal Privacy Commissioner did not need any more powers.  CIPS argued that self-regulation does not work and cited many examples.  I personally provided the actual challenges I had encountered during the PCI-DSS role out at Visa and provided examples which the Commissioner found very interesting. Read More →

I joined CIPS in early 1980s. CIPS had both an excellent reputation and certification program that was very helpful for my career.  It not only provided learnings but also networking opportunities that were helpful in exchanging valuable information with my peers.  It demonstrated that I had achieved a certain professional standard which was useful with my employers and general Industry.

Over the years, significant advances in technologies have compelled some businesses to revisit how they conduct their operations.  Advancement in technology and globalization has created both opportunities and challenges.  Those who have embraced changes are able to compete with new disruptive businesses or their competition.  Those businesses that have been reluctant to do so are finding their market share eroding and difficult to compete.  These significant and dynamic advances in technology and globalization have also created need for new skill sets.  Many businesses and organizations are working hard to remain relevant and deliver value for money, whilst disruptive and new entrants are creating fierce competition and perhaps better value. Read More →