On September 17, 2019, the Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law Section and the Privacy and Access to Information Law Section jointly presented Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Meet Privacy Law: An Interactive Conversation on Strategizing for Clients. This important and timely program discussed the trends, risks and strategies associated with privacy considerations for blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Usman Sheikh (Gowling WLG) gave an informative keynote address about the intersection between blockchain and privacy legislation. For example, he identified that one issue relating to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is how to exercise the right to be forgotten when information on blockchains is immutable. Similarly, he noted that the permanence of information on a blockchain raises the issue of how individuals can exercise their right to correct information under both the GDPR and Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).