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Brenda McPhail

Brenda McPhail

Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project
Canadian Civil Liberties Ass

About this Speaker

Dr. Brenda McPhail is the Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology Project. Her portfolio focuses on litigation, advocacy and public education relating to the ways in which privacy rights are at risk in contemporary society. Current areas of focus include national security, intelligence, and law enforcement surveillance technologies; information sharing in the public and private sector; and the social impacts of existing and emerging technologies such as smart city tech, facial recognition, the internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence. Significant cases she has guided for CCLA, working with amazing pro bono counsel, include the Supreme Court of Canada cases R. v. Marakah and R v. Jones, which confirmed privacy rights in electronic communications and R. V. Jarvis, in which the Court rejected the idea that privacy is an all-or-nothing concept, even in public spaces. Brenda received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.

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