On November 24, 2020, privacy lawyer Kristél Kriel will present “COVID-19: Privacy Hot Topics in a Socially Distant World” at the virtual 2020 Saskatchewan Connections Conference.
The presentation will include an update and overview of key privacy topics that have arisen in the context of COVID-19, including items such as screening, contact tracing, remote work, moving operations online and general privacy tips for new programs and measures arising in the context of COVID-19.
Kristél will also moderate a panel on the topic of Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Managing Compliance. The session provides an overview of best practices for managing compliance and protecting public organizations from risk during challenging times and beyond. Speakers on the panel include: Sandra Bates, Manager, Records & Access for the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure, Alana Johnson, Communications Manager & Privacy Officer for the Prairie Valley School Division, and Matthew Trennum, Deputy Regional Clerk at Niagara Region.
The presentations are part of the two-day virtual conference organized by the Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC). This year’s theme is Open Government, Access, Privacy, Security, IM & Personal Health Information. The conference boasts a wide range of topics that aim to provide a forum for individuals to think imaginatively about how organizations work in the context of the current pandemic, and to collaborate on how to drive innovation forward in the privacy sector during these challenging times. Attendees can expect to strengthen their skills and gain knowledge in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity and information management, stay on top of emerging issues and trends, learn about the interconnectedness of privacy related disciplines and find practical solutions to information challenges.
The Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC) is a subscription-based, community driven organization dedicated to supporting those individuals who are charged with supporting or managing Freedom of Information and the Protection of Personal Information within organizations to their Province’s respective legislation.
Kristél maintains a general corporate commercial practice with a focus on privacy, freedom of information, technology, credit unions and non-profits.
She advises public and private organizations on privacy and freedom of information laws, including matters such as interpretation, compliance, policy development, education, and training. She has advised a variety of organizations on privacy issues affecting their customers and workplaces, including in the healthcare context. Kristél has also advised a number of organizations on provincial and federal freedom of information access requests, as well as reviews by the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner.