An IRM Perspective on Privacy Compliance

  • Why IRMAC members need to know about privacy
  • An overview of relevant privacy legislation
  • Some “IRM” issues
  • Privacy compliance

Karen Spector is a lawyer, consultant and educator with a special interest in protecting the privacy of personal information. She assists clients in developing compliance plans that balance their need for free-flowing information with their privacy obligations.

Karen brings a unique combination of skills and experience gained, in the mid-1980s and 1990s, through her graduate studies at Harvard University and MIT, where she designed educational Physics software; information technology consulting at Trigon Systems Group and DMR Group; and marketing management responsibilities at Digital Equipment Corporation of Canada.

Karen’s long-standing involvement with privacy began in 1991, while she was at law school, when she wrote the appeals manual for the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. In 2000, Karen joined the Ontario government’s “smart card” project, where she assessed the impact of potential privacy issues associated with a chip-based technology used to access multiple government services, including health services. In 2001, Karen was asked to provide policy advice on Ontario’s proposed private-sector privacy legislation. In addition, she created original materials for a “Chief Privacy Officer” workshop.

Ms. Spector is a frequent speaker on privacy-related topics for pension and benefit funds, insurance companies, healthcare providers, employers, trade unions and other lawyers. She is member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of the Executive Committee of the Privacy Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.


Karen Spector, An IRM Perspective on Privacy Compliance


Dec 18 2002


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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