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A talk with Andrew Clement: Our State is Watching Us


Mass surveillance and free expression in Canada after Snowden


Edward Snowden's unprecedented leak of secret documents has revealed the astonishing depth and range of mass state surveillance. Clement will provide an overview of the main state surveillance programs revealed through Snowden's leaks, particularly as they affect Canadians, and highlight the various threats they pose to freedom of expression, privacy and to our democracy more generally. He will explore alternative visions of a networked society free of mass surveillance as well as suggest promising actions people can take.

DATE: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TIME: 12pm-2pm

LOCATION: Rogers Communication Center, 80 Gould Street, Room RCC103



ANDREW CLEMENT is a Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and is a co-founder of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute. With a PhD in Computer Science, Clement’s recent privacy/surveillance research projects are, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA warrantless wiretapping activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the U.S. even when the origin and destination are both in Canada, and, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights. He is currently a co-investigator in 7 year, SSHRC-funded The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting research collaboration and contributor to its recent Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada book.



On the Record” workshops on police record checks



The Privacy Institute at Ryerson University is pleased to offer FREE “On the Record” workshops on police record checks in Ontario on February 17, 2015.


The On the Record series aim to provide helpful information in two different workshops, tailored to two audiences:

Morning Session: from 10:00am to 12:00pm, February 17th. A workshop for those who help or work with people who may be impacted by police records (i.e. direct social service providers, legal/court professionals, government etc.)

Afternoon Session: from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, February 17th. A workshop for those who use police record checks in hiring or volunteer screening – HR professionals, Volunteer Organizations/Coordinators and Employers.


If you are in the Toronto area, you can attend in person. Please email to register, and please indicate whether you plan on attending the morning or afternoon session, and if you plan on attending in-person or via webinar!


The workshops, delivered by Abby Deshman of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Jacqueline Tasca of the John Howard Society of Ontario, will provide:

  • An overview the overlapping legal and policy frameworks governing police record checks in Ontario, including the different types police records, police databases and police record checks available in the province.
  • A summary of research results that give insight into how police records, and in particular non-conviction records, are impacting individuals in a wide range of non-criminal processes.


Employers and HR professionals will also receive information regarding:

  • Best practices around the use of police record checks in hiring.
  • How to know when to request a police record check, and how to determine what level of check is necessary, and how to understand a positive police record check; and,
  • Tips for ensuring that human resource policies and practices are compliant with privacy rights and human rights


Location for in-person attendees: room TRS1-109 at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (7th floor, 55 Dundas Street West).

Register now to secure your spot to attend in person or to receive the webinar log-in information.