The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) recently published a report, entitled “Privacy and Cyber Security: Emphasizing privacy protection in cyber security activities”. 
The OPC’s report examines the inter-relationships between cyber security and privacy, and outlines a number of common challenges for cyber security and privacy, including:

  • The complexity of electronic, interconnected networks;
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and the “professionalization” of hacking;
  • Threats to mobile devices, which are closely tied to individual users;
  • The challenge in the Big Data context;
  • Ensuring breach preparedness is a greater priority; and
  • Encouraging effective, dynamic risk management instead of “check the box” compliance.

The report provides recommended policy directions in which privacy protection could support and augment cyber security:

  • Building privacy values into the development of cyber security policy;
  • Legislative approaches to incentivize cyber security preparedness; and
  • Facilitating a broader dialogue on cyber security which acknowledges the importance of privacy, trust and responsible data stewardship.