Brenda McPhail, PhD

As the Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s new Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology Project, Brenda McPhail is currently working to develop a program focused on protecting privacy rights while creating public awareness about the importance of privacy and the ways in which it is at risk in contemporary society. This includes privacy in relation to national security and intelligence surveillance, privacy and information sharing practices and policies, and privacy in the social context of existing and emerging technologies.

Brenda received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information in 2013. 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 and usage-based insurance.