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IAPP Announces Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture Series to Launch at Canada Privacy Symposium

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (Feb. 19, 2020) — The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, is honored to announce the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture Series which will take place at the Canada Privacy Symposium each spring, honoring the privacy leader’s legacy and contributions to the field. This year’s inaugural lecture will be given by Kerr’s colleague, Michael Geist, Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

 

Dr. Ian R. Kerr (1965-2019) served as the beloved Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa since 2001. Simultaneously, he authored multiple books, research studies and articles about the intersection of ethics, law and technology. Kerr focused much of his career on dissecting the legalities and ethics of the interplay between emerging public and private sector surveillance technologies.

 

“Last summer, we lost a privacy leader,” said J. Trevor Hughes, IAPP President and CEO. “Ian was instrumental in advancing the growth and visibility of the profession, and this lecture series will pay homage to his contributions and ensure his legacy lives on at each year’s event. Ian will forever be missed by his colleagues and peers. The IAPP is proud to celebrate his many accomplishments and preserve his memory in this way.”

 

To honor Kerr’s memory, donations can be made to the Ian R. Kerr Memorial Fund established by the University of Ottawa, Centre for Law, Technology and Society, which will continue his remarkable legacy by supporting students, innovative programming, and cutting-edge research.

 

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at iapp.org.