CIAJ: Privacy in the Age of Information (October 15)

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (All day) to Friday, October 17, 2014 (All day)
Name of Organization: 
Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Technology has changed the nature and amount of information available, with direct effects on personal privacy. There is a pressing need to examine the ways in which these changes are already affecting the criminal law, civil law, the courts, and administrative tribunals, and to begin to chart a principled path forward with respect to these issues.

The changing nature of information, and the attendant effects on privacy, impose new challenges on courts, tribunals, and the administration of justice as a whole. Greater resources and greater capacity are required to manage and work with the increased volume and more technical nature of evidence, not only in document-intensive civil cases but across the full range of civil, criminal, and administrative matters. More importantly, courts and tribunals will be the forums in which the evolving law on information and privacy will be determined.

Judges and administrative agency decision-makers will be the actors responsible for ensuring that both the state and private individuals are held appropriately accountable for their use of information, and that privacy interests are articulated and evolve appropriately.