Balancing Transparency, Privacy and Expediency in the Digital Age

  • February 04, 2016


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Openness and transparency are fundamental elements of our legal system, ensuring integrity and accountability on the part of decision makers. However, this open court principle was established at a time when access to reported decisions was more controlled. Many tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies now publish their decisions in full online, raising a myriad of concerns about the unrestricted public disclosure of sensitive personal and commercial information. Has the digital age changed the ballgame when it comes to openness and transparency in administrative adjudication? How does expediency factor in? Join us to explore how fairness in administrative law can be achieved by balancing transparency, privacy and expediency. Get critical insights on issues arising under both FIPPA and PHIPA, and those that arise from public access to documents filed with tribunals. Our expert faculty will get you up-to-date on the measures that tribunals are adopting to both protect against data mining and respect privacy interests generally. Whether you are a practitioner or a member of the tribunal community, gain helpful advice and best practices to achieve this challenging balance in the digital age.


Jeff Cowan, WeirFoulds LLP
Robert Ratcliffe, Ministry of the Attorney General - Crown Law Office Civil


Balancing Transparency, Privacy and Expediency in the Digital Age
David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Seeing In Through the Gates Transparency and the Inquiries, Complaints and
Reports Committees of Ontario's Regulated Health Professions

Irwin Fefergrad, Registrar, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: Balancing Transparency, Privacy and Expediency in the Digital Age
Yola Grant, Associate Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Transparency and Privacy: Intersection of interests in the Superior Court
Roslyn J. Levine Q.C, Executive Legal Officer, Office of the Chief Justice, Superior Court of Justice

Practical tips to protect your client's privacy at the federal level
Emily K. McCarthy, Barrister and Solicitor

Practical Strategies for Protecting Your Client's Privacy Interests
John Wilkinson, WeirFoulds LLP