Summary Report of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) June 10, 2020

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Meeting Theme:

"Privacy Protection, Artificial Intelligence, the Digital World and Cybersecurity: Are Canadians' Information Expectations and Needs Met?"

Invited Guests and Speakers:

Lisa Austin – Professor, University of Toronto, Chair in Law and Technology

Dina Kamal – Partner, Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada

Florian Kerschbaum – Associate Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo; Director of the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

Christopher Parsons – Senior Research Associate at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), Department of National Defence (DND), Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Public Safety Canada (PS).

Agenda:

  1. Opening of the Meeting and Roll Call.
  2. Discussion Session with Guests: Privacy Protection, Artificial Intelligence, the Digital World and Cybersecurity: Are Canadians' Information Expectations and Needs Met?
  3. Date of the Next Meeting and Closing of the Meeting.

Meeting Summary:

Following the cancellation of the in-person meeting scheduled for the end of March in Toronto (due to the pandemic), the first virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on June 10, 2020 with  the theme, "Privacy Protection, Artificial Intelligence, the Digital World and Cybersecurity: Are Canadians' Information Expectations and Needs Met?". Members of the NS-TAG and four guests discussed: encryption, computer & Internet vulnerabilities; COVID-19 contact tracing apps; data security and privacy; oversight and accountability mechanisms; Canadians' knowledge and awareness of national security issues; the use of artificial intelligence; and gaps in national security-related information disclosure.

Key Takeaways of the Discussion Session with Guests:

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