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How Non-Profits can Assess and Evaluate Privacy Risks

How Non-Profits can Assess and Evaluate Privacy Risks

Everyone is worried about privacy but what exactly should we actually be worried about? What are some of the daily ‘risks’ and the broader considerations for non-profits, today?
In this presentation, Christopher will identify some practices that non-profits can adopt to both secure their clients’ personal information and to make better decisions about what information to collect or not. He’ll identify how non-profits can develop transparent and effective policies concerning the collection of personal information, basic and intermediate levels of securing some of that data (and what not to do with it, once you’ve collected it!), as well as some common ‘threats’ that such organizations might experience. These threats will identify different parties that could intentionally or accidently compromise non-profits’ computers, some of tactics third-parties might adopt to compromise data stores, and ways to potentially manage such threats.


Suggested donation: $5.


• 5:30-6:00: Doors open. schmoozing and snacks

• 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome

• 6:05-6:55: Presentation by Christopher Parsons and Q&A

• 6:55-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps

About Christopher Parsons:

Christopher’s research, teaching, and consulting interests involve how privacy is affected by digitally mediated surveillance, and the normative implications that such surveillance has in (and on) contemporary Western political systems.  He is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is currently completing a dissertation that examines the political drivers of Internet service providers’ network surveillance practices. He is also a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies, a Privacy by Design Ambassador, and a Principal at Block G Privacy and Security Consulting. Beginning in November 2013 he will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Munk Centre’s Citizen Lab.

Christopher has written policy reports for civil advocacy organizations in Canada, submitted evidence to Parliamentary committees, and been an active member of the Canadian privacy advocacy community. He has been involved in projects examining lawful access legislation in Canada and abroad, identity management systems in Canada, automatic license plate recognition technologies in Canada and the UK, network management and surveillance practices in Western democratic states, and privacy issues linked to social media services. Over the course of his academic career, he has published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, European Journal of Law and Technology, Canadian Privacy Law Review, CTheory, and has book chapters in a series of academic and popular books and reports. His research has been funded by SSHRC, the New Transparency Project, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's contributions programs, and by civil advocacy organizations. He regularly presents his research to government, media, the public, and at academic events.

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  • Bowen O.

    Chris' talk was the perfect blend of practical application, theory behind the whys and smart problem solving. The afterwards over-food chat also greatly enhanced the evening.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Noah F.

    Great talk. Lots of food for thought to take back to our various organizations. It really got me thinking about the broader context of personal privacy in the age of online interactions, and what level of concern is appropriate to different settings. It seems obvious to me that when handling other people's data confidentiality is of utmost concern, but in a personal context, with my own data, how much scrutiny ought I to apply to information I'm sharing and the organizations I give it to? I'm perfectly comfortable sharing a certain level of personal information through, say, Facebook, whereas through other platforms I may vary my level of disclosure. I would presume that people each have their own comfort level when it comes to, say, installing an app that connects with Facebook. What are your rules for yourselves when it comes to that sort of thing?

    October 22, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Thanks again Chris for your great talk last night. Chris has been kind enough to share his slides with the group. You can download them at

    We'll have photos, storify, and video up soon.

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're the king of multimedia! :-)

      October 22, 2013

  • Karl H.

    Fantastic presentation about an often ignored but important facet of working with constituencies both large and small.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Lyndsey E.

    Great talk, Christopher Parsons. Very happy to have made it out for my first meet up. Can't wait for next time :)

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Jonathan S.

    Wish all my clients saw the presentation.

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • Graeme H.

    sorry to bail so late. Just not going to work out tonight. I hope to be there next time. Hope it goes well!

    October 21, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Join us this evening for Christopher Parsons' great talk on How Non-Profits can Assess and Evaluate Privacy Risks. We'll be at Accelerate Tectoria, which is above the Scotiabank at Douglas and Hillside. The entrance is off the parking lot at the back. See you tonight!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

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    Please add any other twitter handles and hashtags for this event that I've missed!

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    tonight is a best night on the west coast. There's an event in Vancouver too!

    1 · October 21, 2013

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