Brenda McPhail

Brenda McPhail


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

Brenda McPhail is the Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology Project. She guides CCLA’s interventions in key court cases that raise privacy issues, such as the recent Supreme Court of Canada cases R. v. Marakah and R v. Jones, which confirmed privacy rights in electronic communications. Her research agenda focuses on the social implications of technology, and recent work has focused on surveillance of dissent, government information sharing, digital surveillance, video surveillance, and rights issues raised by artificial intelligence. CCLA also has an education mandate, and Brenda works to develop resources and presentations to drive public awareness about the importance of privacy as both an individual and a social good. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information.