Herjavec Group Executives Address the Canadian House of Commons on Digital Identities and Data Privacy
March 1, 2019
On February 28, 2019, Ira Goldstein (SVP of Corporate Development) and Matt Anthony (VP of Security Remediation Services) represented Herjavec Group at the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics.
The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics is currently conducting a study on the privacy implication and potential legal barriers to implementing digital identities in Canada. Ira Goldstein and Matt Anthony were invited to provide recommendations on how the government can improve services, while also protecting privacy and security.
Ira Goldstein outlined why digital identity is a key building block in the transformation of government services and explained how to manage and govern these digital identities. As Ira says, the government plays a significant role in identity management, as the use of government-issued identification is often understood as a “permanent feature” of modern democracy.
As the Canadian government moves toward implementing digital identities, Ira recommends that privacy and security are kept top priorities.
“Our identity attributes are assumed to be protected by the issuer, our Federal Government. In any system, physical or digital, fraud is a risk that must be mitigated through effective controls and ongoing assessment,” Ira stated.
Matt Anthony addressed the importance of moving cautiously with the proposed digital transformation, amidst the rising threat of data breaches and cyber attacks, coupled with a global skills shortage needed to combat this rise of cybercrime.
Access control must also be considered, as it poses a serious threat to the use of digital identities by governments. Matt Anthony stated, “Secondary and tertiary use of public data needs to be as astutely controlled as primary use.”
Lastly, the government must also solve the problem of managing legacy data and systems. Matt’s recommendation was to take a greenfield approach, which may prove to be advantageous. The greenfield approach establishes rules clearly for new data collection. It allows legacy data to be integrated in the future, once technologies such as AI data tagging and collection management can be paired with digital transformation via automation.
Read the full statements from Ira Goldstein and Matt Anthony below.
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