Identity, Privacy & Security Institute (IPSI)

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The Identity, Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI) at the University of Toronto is dedicated to developing new approaches to security that maintain the privacy, freedom and safety of the individual and the broader community.

Established in the summer of 2007, the Institute strives to facilitate linkages between the diverse body of researchers working in this area at University of Toronto and the national and international community. Its founding partners are The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and the Faculty of Information.

IPSI is funded by the University of Toronto's Academic Initiatives Fund.


IPSI is currently pursuing 12 main research projects:

  • Biometric User-Centric Sensory Networks (BUSNET)
  • Access Control based on Content Encryption and Secret Sharing (ACCESS)
  • Participation in “MUSES_SECRET: Multimodal-SurvEillance System for SECurity-RElaTed Applications”
  • "Smart" Private Eyes in Public Places? Video Surveillance Analytics, New Privacy Threats and Protective Alternatives
  • A Privacy Protective 'Proportionate ID Digital Wallet' for Canadians: Open Prototyping and Public Policy Alternatives
  • The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting
  • Performing IDentities
  • SmartData: Make the Data 'Think' for Itself: Data Protection in the 21st Century
  • Health Promotion in the Age of Social Networks: Youth Perspectives on New Media for Health
  • Beyond Privacy: Exploring the Role of Psychological Contract Breach in the Relationship Between Knowledge-Based Marketing Practices and Attitudes
  • Biometrics Encryption for Face Recognition Solutions: Implementation & Comparative Evaluations
  • Food4Health Project: Youth Voices Research Group


  • Dimitris Hatzinakos, Chair and Academic Director. The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Kostas Plataniotis, Research Director. The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • David J. Phillips, Policy Director. Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

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