Sharon Polsky

Sharon Polsky MAPP, president, Privacy and Access Council of Canada.

For more than 30 years Sharon Polsky has advised corporations, governments, Senate and legislative committees about implications and unintended consequences of emerging laws, technologies, and global trends in privacy, data governance, information security, cyberliability, and civil liberties.

Appears in these episodes:

Americans have long thought of Canada as a haven of freedom and democracy, but the utopia to the north is gone. Is Canada descending into “post-national” intolerance, authoritarianism, and uber-control? Canadian Jews and many others are pondering emigration as Canada crumbles. Privacy expert Sharon Polsky, Tom Korski, and others join Edwin.

Edwin takes on some unanswered—and still burning—questions. Almost every episode, we run out of time before we run out of questions. We save them, and these episodes give us a chance to address topics such as the Israel-Hamas War, global antisemitism, automation and AI, corporate bad behavior, privacy, China, electoral chaos, and more. Edwin also accepts new questions via the Zoom Q&A. Join us for another no-holds-barred, nothing-off-the-table session, with Talia Carner, Daniel Pipes, Sharon Polsky, and Zalmi Unsdorfer providing additional reporting.

Get ready: the Vintage Boys—Ken Abramowitz, Shel Freilich, Joshua London, Jeff Morgan, and Zalmi Unsdorfer—are back to help Edwin observe the Fourth of July. We’ll be talking serious election selection and without deflection. As well, our favorite whiskeys, wines, and other libations will be on display. BYOB, and don’t miss it.

To Love of America, Love of Israel, and Love of Fine Fluid.

On October 7, some 2,000 Hamas terrorists invaded Israel. Atrocities ensued against innocent civilian children, women, and men. Scores were abducted into Gaza.

Israel has promised to utterly destroy Hamas and its infrastructure with an “unprecedented response.”

Are residents of Gaza innocent civilians? Or are they complicit in Hamas’s acts of barbarity?

Foreign policy analyst Josh Block and international legal expert Avi Bell join Edwin; Rachel Ehrenfeld, Juda Engelmayer, Francisco Gil-White, Walid Phares, Sharon Polsky, and Zalmi Unsdorfer provide additional reports from around the world.

AI developers—who admit they don't understand how their creations work—have already disregarded most precautions that would make the process and products safer. Many legislators are ill-equipped to craft effective regulations—or even to understand the risks and requirements.

Privacy expert Sharon Polsky joins Edwin for an up-to-date, sobering look.

Tested road warriors Josh Block, Juda Engelmayer, and Sharon Polsky join Edwin to converse and commiserate about the best hotels, airlines, and restaurants around the world.

Hold those reservations.

New criminal codes and regulations are being drafted, here and abroad, some under UN mandate. Look for new restrictions, new penalties, greater government surveillance and control—and diminishing freedom. Privacy expert Sharon Polsky joins Edwin to take another look at the perilous current state and future of free speech.

AI—artificial intelligence—has arrived. Experts everywhere are warning that AI could wipe out 80% of all jobs—and perhaps even civilization. Privacy expert Sharon Polsky joins Edwin to confront the threats and sound the alarm.

Spying, lying, denying, and the dangers of passive consent with privacy experts Michael Geist and Sharon Polsky, who join Edwin at the Canadian Privacy and Data Governance Conference, March 22–23, 2023, Ottawa.

Spying, lying, denying, and the dangers of passive consent are fast eroding all semblance of privacy. Is privacy the key to central control? Privacy expert Sharon Polsky of the Privacy & Access Council of Canada joins Edwin.