Privacy commissioner appoints Teresa Scassa as first-ever ‘scholar-in-residence’

Scassa holds academic positions at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Privacy commissioner appoints Teresa Scassa as first-ever ‘scholar-in-residence’

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has appointed Teresa Scassa as its first-ever “scholar-in-residence,” effective September 1.

“This role will enable me to regularly engage with Commissioner Patricia Kosseim and her excellent team throughout my sabbatical year,” Scassa said. “I hope to provide strategic policy input and advice that can help the IPC move from its strategic priorities to strategic outcomes.”

Scassa is a full professor and the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. In addition, she is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University.

Her ongoing research projects focus on artificial intelligence and law, data governance, data privacy, and legal dimensions of data scraping. She wrote numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters, including “The Future of Open Data” (2022), “Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada” (2021), “Digital Commerce in Canada” (2020), and “Law and the Sharing Economy: Regulating Online Market Platforms” (2018).

Apart from her academic duties, Scassa is a current IPC Strategic Advisory Council member. The council provides Commissioner Patricia Kosseim with independent, expert advice to help ensure that a broader range of interests and perspectives are considered in advancing and implementing IPC’s strategic goals.

She is also part of the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence and the Law Commission of Ontario’s Advisory Panel on AI in Civil and Administrative Justice. She served on Canada’s Advisory Committee on Open Government and the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto.

She obtained her law degree from McGill University. She also holds LLM and SJD in Law (the equivalent of a Ph.D. in Law) degrees from the University of Michigan.

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