Laura Tamblyn Watts was called to the BC Bar in 1999. She is a Senior Fellow and Staff Lawyer at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law / BC Law Institute, and its previous National Director. She heads the Core Facility of AGEWELL on legal issues. Laura serves on the Board of Directors of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Expert Committee on Seniors, and a past Director of FAIR Canada. She is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law section She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Family Councils Ontario. Laura has written extensively on financial elder law issues and was a research lead on the National Prevalence Study on Elder Abuse in Canada, released in 2015. She teaches Law and Aging at the University of Toronto.
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Arguing with Apple?: Technology, Privacy and Paternalism
Technology is ubiquitous both in the home and workplace. Consider one’s reliance on technology in personal and professional lives – we use iphones, itunes, ereaders, home monitoring devices, instant messaging and more on an hourly basis. Technology is also being increasingly used in delivery of monitoring, attendant care services, health care and in caregiving. It is critical to stop and think through the issues that arise with the use and “reuse” of technology and the information gathered, both in the broad consumer field as well as in the health care sector. Identified issues ownership and control of the data being collected, the security of that data, the privacy of technology users and informed consent in using the technology (do any of us really read those user agreements – and if we did, what could we do about it anyway?) Moreover, when using technology in caregiving, consideration must be given to the older adult’s privacy. We are grappling with who has the ability to provide direct or substituted consent to the use of technology? What if the elder has diminished capacity? This session will consider explore interim findings of a research project by the authors working with AGEwell, the Canadian National Centre of Excellence on Aging and Technology explain and compare key current and future issues on aging and technology in Canada and the US.