Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project
Brenda McPhail joined CCLA in 2013 as coordinator for the Pathways to Privacy Conference, organised with partners at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the University of Sherbrooke and funded by a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In 2014-15 she co-coordinated CCLA’s CIRA-funded TalkRights web portal project, creating accessible information on civil liberties and rights. Brenda became Director of the Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance Project in 2015, and works on a range of privacy initiatives and topics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information in 2013, and holds Master’s degrees in Information Studies and English, and a B.A. in English. In her peer-reviewed, published work and at international conferences, she has explored do-it-yourself approaches to privacy protective identification, privacy risks of RFID-enhanced driver’s licenses, identity performance in government service interactions, Canadian ePassport development, attitudes to video surveillance, and privacy issues inherent in connected cars.