Panel: Metadata and Privacy

Title: Metadata and Privacy
Organised & Moderated by: Marie-Claude Côté
Date: 2021-10-04 21:00
Slides: david_haynes.pdf
Recording: Watch on YouTube


	David Haynes
David Haynes
David Haynes, Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, UK
After a career in information management consultancy David Haynes did a PhD in Information Science which focused on privacy issues on social media. His postdoctoral fellowship looked at the nature of privacy risk and resulted in the development of a risk ontology. Since joining the Social informatics Research group at Edinburgh Napier University he has undertaken an investigation of the privacy and security risks faced by employees forced to work from home because of the Covid-19 restrictions. He has a long-standing interest in knowledge organisation systems and is Secretary of the International Organization for Knowledge Organization. He has compiled a number of taxonomies, ontologies and thesauri for clients in the public and commercial sectors. The second edition of his book on Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval came out in 2018.

	Harshvardhan J.  Pandit
Harshvardhan J. Pandit
Research Fellow at ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Harsh(vardhan Pandit) is a Research Fellow at ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; working on facilitating discovery and exploration of privacy risks of technologies from a knowledge graph of existing literature. He finished his PhD in 2020 based on exploring how personal data and consent can be represented by based on GDPR by using semantic web.

Marlene McRae
Marlene McRae, Manager in the Government of Ontario, Canada
Marlene is the Manager of the Information, Privacy and Archives Division within the Ontario Public Service. For over twelve years, she has provided leadership for multiple enterprise wide projects and initiatives in various ministries in policy and operational branches. She currently leads the Access and Privacy Strategy and Policy team which provides policy research, development and strategic advice and guidance to ministries, municipalities and the broader public sector regarding the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. As a Privacy Federal, Provincial and Territorial Subcommittee member, she represents Ontario to share best practices that support access and privacy regimes.


A number of events in the recent years have raised concerns about how private companies and government institutions collect and use metadata about their clients and citizens, from the highly-mediatized National Security Agency and Cambridge Analytica scandals, to the less-known applications tracking the geolocation of your smart phone or your internet browsing history. Metadata can be a double-edge sword. What can metadata reveal about you? It is more revealing than content itself when it comes to your personal information? Should metadata and personal information be given the same levels of privacy protection? Can it also be used to protect your privacy? Are there solutions put in place by both the private and the public sectors to protect your privacy in the metadata about you and your activities? Our panel members will aim at answering these questions and more. After this session, your level of awareness about the role of metadata in your privacy will have increased, as well as your understanding of how metadata can be used for good and for bad.