CANON: Canadian Anonymization Network

by | Jun 14, 2019 | Anonymization, Data privacy, Data Privacy Solutions, GDPR, Privacy News

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CANON: Canadian Anonymization Network

The Canadian Anonymization Network (CANON) is a very big deal for Canada!

What is CANON? It is an unofficial network of data custodians from private, public and health, with a goal to promote anonymization as a privacy-mindful way to use data for economic gains. CANON has some of the largest data custodians all over the country!

What are CANON’s objectives?

  • Share and exchange information about internationally-evolving, legal, policy and technical standards on anonymization.
  • Develop a Canadian community of practice among stakeholders that rely on effective anonymization for the success of their organizations across the public and private sectors.
  • Educate the community at large about the effectiveness of alternative anonymization methods, and meaningfully contribute to discussions about risks and opportunities.
  • Identify emerging issues and challenges with anonymization, including re-identification risks, legal/policy constraints and ambiguities.
  • Advocate for balanced legislative and policy standards for anonymization that enable innovative and beneficial uses of data, while reasonably protecting against foreseeable privacy risks.

CryptoNumerics is pleased to join organizations like TELUS, Bell, TD, Microsoft, and IBM as part of CANON.

Key success indicators of the network include a better understanding of anonymization while not compromising the utility of data. Also, organizations will see a reduced amount of privacy risk and can thus be more confident in their analytical data usage.

While facilitated by stakeholders, this initiative aims to address many related concerns for the next few months.

For further information about CANON and its objectives, visit the CANON website.

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