International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy meets in Ottawa

28 May 2019

The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy's second meeting is being held in Ottawa from May 27 to May 29.

The International Grand Committee

Representatives from Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Ecuador, Mexico, Morocco, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom will be joining Canada in Ottawa to hear from a wide variety of expert witnesses on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and the Mozilla Foundation will also be attending and giving testimony.

The first meeting of the IGC was held in London on 27 November 2018.

Chair's comment

Damian Collins, M.P. and Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said:

"We are pleased to join our colleagues in Canada for this second meeting of the International Grand Committee. We are determined to continue our joint efforts to scrutinise the work of the major technology companies and the role they play in our daily lives. Data security and the protection of our democracy from orchestrated campaigns of disinformation run through social media, are some if the major issues we all face today.”

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