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CDPR 2020

At the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) 2019, we asked the question whether it is time for us to consider a Caribbean Perspective on how we address our own privacy and trust issues through a similar engine in the region called the Caribbean Data Protection Regulation (CDPR).

In 2020 we gathered knowledgeable and insightful presenters from Trinidad and Tobago, the region (Barbados) and internationally (Canada) to share an update on what has occurred since TTIGF 2019.

Summary of event

The speakers presented on: 

  1. The status of what is already being reviewed regionally with respect to Data Protection Rights and regulations that can lead to the implementation of the CDPR.
  2. Pros and Cons of storing country and citizens data, in-country, in the Caribbean, or internationally. We will discuss access rights and permissions.
  3. Recommendations on the way forward for CDPR implementation and what should our Governments in the region.

Our Presenters

Amalia Barthel

Amalia Barthel, Co-Founder, Privacy Consultant & Advisor, Managed Privacy Canada  Ms Barthel is a Privacy Consultant & Advisor, and a Lecturer and Academic Programs Advisor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.  Ms. Barthel is the Co-Founder of Managed Privacy Canada (MPC), the leading Privacy as a Service practice in Canada and she is based in the Toronto area in Canada.

Amalia Barthel’s Presentations

Canada’s Privacy Laws Presentation by Amalia Barthel

Understanding GDPR – The Role of Standards in compliance by Amalia Barthel

Bartlett Morgan

Bartlett Morgan’s Presentation

Towards a Caribbean Data Privacy Framework: Looking Back / Charting the Way Forward
by Bartlett Morgan

Vashti Maharaj

Vashti Maharaj’s Presentation

Caribbean Data Protection Regulations by Vashti Maharaj

Watch the TTMAG CDPR 2020 session on YouTube

Internet Governance 101

Participants and TTMAG board members engaged in hearty discussion at IG 101.

The TTMAG hosted the educational session entitled Internet Governance 101 on Saturday July 21st, 2018 at Naparima College, San Fernando.

TTMAG Director Jacqueline Morris and Chairman Dev Anand Teelucksingh introduced the participants to the TTMAG, the multistakeholder model of internet governance and gave the participants a very comprehensive while concise overview of how the Internet is governed and managed. The participants were enlightened to some of the technical elements of how data is transferred across the myriad of IoT devices and the architecture of websites with guided examples to showcase how websites are accessed.

TTMAG Vice-Chair Ajmal Nazir then led a spirited discussion on the proposed outlawing of the Android Boxes which is presently dominating the social and technical forums. The discussions raised concerns about net neutrality, the financial implications to all parties and the need to ensure unethical practices and illegal activities are eliminated. The dilemma identified highlighted that once some degree of ISP intervention is allowed for this purpose, it sets a precedent.

This brief session ended with the participants better informed about critical aspects of internet governance. No doubt the opportunity for further discussion will generate more participation.

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