TU-Automotive: Office of The Privacy Commissioner of Canada To Set Out Privacy Considerations Surrounding UBI Products

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TU-Automotive announced today that an exclusive panel session on the privacy considerations regarding the development and deployment of usage-based insurance programs in Canada will take place at the Insurance Telematics Canada conference (23-24 April 2015, Toronto) featuring the RCCAQ and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

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Mr Zvulony will bring crucial expertise on where the law stands with technologies such as usage based insurance.

The panel session will look at the need for insurance carriers and telematics service providers to build a program that can grow in a privacy-friendly manner, thus preventing costly and complicated legal implications further down the line. This topic has taken on even greater relevance in the wake of the news that OBD-II port dongles aren’t as secure as the automobile industry thought they were. In January, it was reported that Progressive’s Snapshot dongles contained very significant security flaws, which allowed a hacker access to the CAN Bus. While the tech industry works on making the connection of insurance devices to the car as safe as possible, it is up to the insurance and regulatory to make sure privacy and the data security of consumers is protected.

Jack Palmer, Project Director for the conference commented, “Data privacy and data security need to be considered in different ways but they are very much linked. Consumers need to have faith that UBI data is being collected for the right purposes and through an infrastructure that is secure enough to withstand significant cyber-attacks.” Mr Palmer, continued, “In the last week, we have confirmed Gil Zvulony, an expert on technology and the law, to moderate the session. Mr Zvulony will bring crucial expertise on where the law stands with technologies such as usage based insurance.

The full session is as below -

UBI Products: Privacy by design

  • Privacy from development to deployment. Learn the need to build a program that can grow in a
  • Who owns the data and/or has the legal authority to control its usage - consumer or insurer? For example, would it be possible for driving data to be used in court cases?
  • Create a clear UBI framework, embodied by terms and conditions that gives uncomplicated answers to questions surrounding data ownership, usage and storage so that the consumers knows exactly what they are entering in to

Guy Parent, CPA,CGA, Executive Director, Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d'assurance du Québec

Leslie Fournier-Dupelle, Strategic Policy Analyst, Policy, Research and Parliamentary Affairs, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Moderator: Gil Zvulony, Barrister & Solicitor, Zvulony & Co

The Insurance Telematics Canada 2015 Conference & Exhibition (23rd-24 April 2015, Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto) will unite the emerging technical players of the UBI space with Canada’s biggest insurance carriers and brokers, making this a must-attend event to coincide with the recent rapid expansion of the industry.

For all the latest updates from Insurance Telematics Canada 2015, visit: http://www.tu-auto.com/insurance-telematics-canada/

Register via the secure link below to take advantage of on all conference passes (move fast – limited passes remain): http://www.tu-auto.com/insurance-telematics-canada/register.php

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Jack Palmer
Project Director | TU-Automotive
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