Big Data and Big Privacy: Synergy or Conflict?
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Big Data and Big Privacy: Synergy or Conflict?
Tuesday, June 2
11 AM -12 PM ET

As businesses invest heavily in access to and analysis of "Big Data”, some data gathering practices have drawn the attention and ire of "Big Privacy” advocates.
The Big Privacy movement is gaining steam. Its supporters are finding a voice and regulators are wielding bigger fines against violators.

The average consumer may continue to be oblivious to how their online activity is being tracked, and how and where their personal data is being collected, stored and used. However that fact alone should not ease the minds of data collectors and researchers. There exists currently substantial risk and more storms are on the horizon.

This webinar will address the relevant regulatory framework, explore the critical concerns of Big Privacy advocates, and seeks to identify common ground where these issues can be addressed by Big Data practitioners. What are the current and future risks for collectors and analyzers of big data? How should companies be informing data subjects and protecting privacy? As a researcher, how can you insulate your firm from risk?

We’ll get answers to these and many other questions from practitioners with expertise in some of the most highly regulated and closely watched industries: health care, financial services and software/technology.

Time has been allocated for questions from the audience.


  • Gregory Albertyn, Global Privacy Officer, Biogen Idec
  • Dr. Khaled El Emam, CEO, Privacy Analytics Health

  • Dr. Jessica Santos, Global Compliance and Quality Director, Kantar Health

Gregory Albertyn, Global Privacy Officer, Biogen Idec
Gregory has built a multi-functional privacy organization covering all aspects of global data governance and privacy compliance. Prior to joining Biogen Idec he was a principal at Riebeeck Stevens (RSL) and lead its global Privacy and Data Governance Practice, primarily assisting clients in highly regulated sectors of healthcare and financial services to optimize their data privacy, regulatory compliance and information security programs.

Khaled El Emam, CEO, Privacy Analytics Inc.; Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Khaled founded Privacy Analytics Inc. in 2007 and in addition to teaching, is a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team. He is a world-renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped found five companies involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in technical and management positions in academic and business settings in England, Scotland and Japan. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

Jessica Santos, Global Compliance and Quality Director, Kantar Health

Jessica is the Global Compliance and Quality Director for Kantar Health, the largest custom market research company focused on the life sciences industry. Jessica is primarily responsible for providing oversight and support across the 40+ Kantar Health (KH) global offices in the area of regulation, interaction with clients, suppliers and others within Kantar Health, Kantar and WPP. Jessica is responsible for maintaining, anticipating and coordinating all activities with regard to compliance laws/regulations, industry guidelines and client contracts, defining and driving the execution of the Kantar Health Quality Strategy – KH’s approach to measuring and improving our quality efforts. Jessica is an experienced statistician, analyst, methodologist and market research scientist. She gained her reputation through her publications and professional committee work in the industry. Jessica is a frequent speaker and contributor in major conferences. She has a PhD in Marketing, full membership in MRS and Chartered Marketer status.


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