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As ubiquitous computing and data analytics proliferate, privacy, trust, and innovation are becoming essential. This course will provide a deep-dive into Privacy by Design, an internationally recognized framework for proactively embedding privacy into the design of information technologies and business practices to gain a competitive advantage. The need to reject zero-sum (win/lose) models will be explained, in favour of adopting doubly-enabling (win/win) positive-sum paradigms.


What is Privacy by Design?

Privacy by Design: The Global Framework explores the challenges inherent in delivering the benefits of digital technologies in tandem with the need to process personal information and protect privacy.

High profile breaches, surveillance initiatives and government secrecy give the impression that privacy and control over one’s personal information are an after-thought, and that privacy measures are introduced only to correct a negative incident, after the fact. Dr. Cavoukian’s Privacy by Design approach counters popular misconceptions that privacy is an obstacle to the efficient and timely delivery of technological services, offering a framework that enables the delivery of both.

Derek's Story

“I was looking to improve my credentials in the field of privacy and saw through a connection on LinkedIn that Toronto Metropolitan University was starting a new certificate program in that area. I actually started a certificate program in access and privacy at another university, but I knew from week one that Toronto Metropolitan University's program was superior.

I started with the Privacy by Design online course, which really took advantage of the online platform with professionally shot videos, interactive quizzes, and links to the latest content. The final course project allowed me to do some practical, substantive work.

Now that I have a job as a Privacy Analyst in the health sector, I am looking forward to taking the Health Information Access and Privacy course.”

Derek Eng, Privacy Analyst, ConnectingOntario


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.
Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.
Course Sections
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May 06, 2024 to Aug 02, 2024
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $752.66
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00
International Fee non-credit $0.00