Privacy and surveillance in the internet age

11:30 – 12:40 p.m.

A panel on confidentiality, monitoring and data governance – a presentation on the current situation and what is expected of government and other stakeholders in Internet management. This discussion will take place almost a year to the day since the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics released its report on PIPEDA. However, seven months later, the Commissioner raised several privacy concerns.

Vance Lockton, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Evan Light, York University
Genevieve Lajeunesse, Crypto.Québec
Laura Tribe, OpenMedia ( moderator)

Vance Lockton
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Vance Lockton is a Strategic Policy and Research Analyst with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. His work focuses on a number of priority areas for the Office, including the modernization of consent, challenges associated with online reputation, and the use of codes of practice to increase compliance with privacy law. Based in the OPC’s Toronto regional office, Vance has also worked to build strong, productive relationships with private-sector stakeholders in the GTA, with the aim of increasing understanding of – and compliance with – thePersonal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Vance has Masters degrees in Computer Science (University of British Columbia) and Public Policy (Simon Fraser University), and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) designations from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Evan Light
York University

Evan Light is an assistant professor in the bilingual communications program at York University’s Glendon College. He does research on communication policy, privacy and surveillance issues, and the US-Canadian border. Evan is also the creator and maintainer of the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box, an offline archive of the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive. For more, please head to

Genevieve Lajeunesse

Genevieve is the Director of operations at Crypto.Québec, trainer with the Digital Security School in Montreal, and host of the popular podcast on cybersecurity and surveillance “Les chiens de garde.” She is also involved in teaching coding to young people, and promotes free and professional software for information security. Genevieve recently co-authored “We see you – how to foil the malicious on the Internet,” a book on the internet, security and surveillance for an uninitiated audience.

Laura Tribe

Laura is OpenMedia’s Executive Director. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, Laura loves the Internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Laura has been working with OpenMedia since 2015, previously leading the organization’s campaigns and advocacy on digital privacy. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura’s experience includes working with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), IFEX, and various tech startups. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University.