We’re all familiar with the idea of a search warrant — but how else can the government access your private information in Canada? This informal TA3M workshop will explore this question—whether in the context of a criminal investigation or otherwise. We’ll also discuss the implications for businesses and organizations that hold private data for their clients, and the circumstances in which they might be forced to hand over records about their clients, users or communities. Together, we’ll think about how to mitigate risk and work through questions like:

  • How can law enforcement and intelligence agencies access private information about you? Do they always need a warrant? Should activists and community groups be particularly concerned?
  • If you’re hosting data for others, or holding private information that belongs to your users, what are your obligations as custodian of that data?
  • What are the situations in which you might be required to share or disclose data about others? What are your responsibilities to your users and clients in these situations?

Following a brief talk, attendees will be invited to bring share their own thoughts, experiences and questions. Presenters are happy to answer questions in English and French.


Lex Gill is a researcher for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Privacy, Surveillance and Technology Project and an affiliate to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She studies at McGill’s Faculty of Law.

Jillian Friedman is a technology lawyer. Her views on privacy law, and other technology law issues have been published in legal, academic and news media. Jillian has spoken before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce where she testified about digital currency, consumer protection and pseudo-anonymity. She is currently writing a book on financial technology law.


We have moved!! Tonight’s TA3M will be held at GareMTL

When? March 21st, 18:00

Yes, I want to come! Please RSVP below…

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