Managing Algorithmic Risk and Canada’s approach to Privacy

When:  Dec 12, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)

Advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), have raised privacy, data governance, and ethical concerns. There are many privacy implications associated with AI including re-identification of an individual using anonymized data, the lack of consent to use personal information, and the inability to extract personal information if consent is withdrawn. Furthermore, automated decision-making may result in unfair and biased outcomes with a lack of transparency into how decisions were made. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU’s new privacy legislation, addresses AI and attempts to give consumers control over their data.

We will dissect the GDPR and how it attempts to protect individuals’ privacy. We will also review international AI and Ethics standards that are developing in response to AI and how the international landscape is playing a role in Canadian privacy regulations. In addition to privacy concerns, data used for AI purposes needs to be governed to ensure accuracy, efficiency and effective decision-making.   We will also review how data governance impacts AI and how it can reduce risk.


Sharon Bauer is a senior manager with KPMG’s Privacy, Regulatory & Information Management (PRIM) services. Sharon provides proactive and reactive strategic, risk management, and compliance advisory services to private and public organizations across the country. Sharon advises organizations on strategies to digitally transform their businesses in accordance with regulations, standards, and best practices. Sharon conducts GDPR readiness assessments and provides thought leadership on advanced technologies’ interplay with privacy regulations and standards.

Howard Wong is a manager within KPMG’s Privacy, Regulatory & Information Management (PRIM) team. He is responsible for the delivery of governance, risk management and compliance services in support of the effective and efficient management of enterprise information. Howard has provided tailored strategies and solutions on how to protect organizational data and manage personal information. He has led dynamic engagements across industries related to records/document management, data governance, privacy, information classification, access/controls and digital transformation.


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