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Information Security and the Laws that Protect It

Date & Time:
March 17, 2017 | 1:00 pm
Biological Sciences, Room 587
Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

 ISPIA presents Commissioner Jill Clayton as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series


Safeguarding personal information is an integral part of ensuring privacy, and a fundamental principle of data protection laws. In today’s world of ubiquitous technology, however, it can be challenging to achieve. Mobile and connected devices, online activities, and complex and sophisticated information systems are vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated attacks, including social engineering, deliberate hacking and malware, as well as simple human error. In this presentation I will discuss information security in the context of privacy protection laws, including trends in data breaches and how legislators and regulators are responding.


Jill Clayton was sworn in as Alberta’s third Information and Privacy Commissioner on February 1, 2012. Ms. Clayton began her career with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) in 2004 as a portfolio officer with the team responsible for ensuring oversight and compliance with Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). She served as acting director, PIPA, from 2007 to 2008 and director, PIPA, from 2008 to 2011. In June of 2010 Ms. Clayton was appointed Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of amendments to PIPA, particularly mandatory breach notification requirements.

Prior to her service with the OIPC Ms. Clayton worked as a privacy consultant, providing services to public- and private-sector clients, primarily in the health care, oil and gas, telecommunications and non-profit sectors. She also worked for the Bethany Care Society as manager, planning and performance measurement, from 2001 to 2002 and records management coordinator from 1998 to 2000. Born in Calgary, Ms. Clayton holds degrees in History (BA) and Environmental Design (MEDes Planning) from the University of Calgary.

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