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Dr. Christopher Parsons

Dr. Christopher Parsons received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D from the University of Victoria. He is currently the Managing Director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a Research Associate at the Citizen Lab, in the Munk School of Global Affairs with the University of Toronto. His research focuses on third-party access to telecommunications data. His work has been recognized by information and privacy commissioners, Canadian political parties, and national and international non-profits as advancing the state of privacy discourse.
Christopher has written policy reports for civil advocacy organizations in Canada, submitted evidence to Parliamentary committees, and is an active member of the Canadian privacy advocacy community. He has been involved in projects examining lawful access legislation, identity management systems, automatic license plate recognition technologies, network management and surveillance practices in Western democratic states, privacy issues linked to social media services, and the privacy implications of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Christopher has published in the Journal of Law, Information & Science, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, European Journal of Law and Technology, Canadian Privacy Law Review, Media and Communication, CTheory, and has chapters in numerous academic and popular books. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Human Research Council, the New Transparency Project, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's contributions programs, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and by civil advocacy organizations. He regularly presents his research to government, media, the public, and at academic events.