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The Peer Privacy Protectors Project


Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)



Project Leader(s)

Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel


The Peer Privacy Protectors Project was created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to improve communication and education about privacy rights and risks for youth, who are among the most frequent users of technology in Canada.

Over the course of a year, a group of teens aged 13-19 learned about privacy and how to protect it by attending a series of workshops led by privacy researchers currently or previously funded through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s (OPC) Contributions Program. The students met with experts and listened to them speak about privacy research that focused on the priority privacy areas identified by the OPC: Economics of Personal Information; Government Surveillance; Reputation and Privacy; and The Body as Information.

Following each workshop, student participants completed assignments in response to what they had learned. The students’ work then became the basis of a privacy guidebook, “by teens, for teens.” CCLA also consulted with Canadian educators to identify classroom needs for privacy education generally, and obtained informed feedback on the project’s student-developed materials.

Responses from student participants through an anonymous survey upon project completion indicated a marked increase in confidence regarding their understanding of privacy issues and rights as a result of their participation.

The resulting printed guidebook and accompanying website (see below) will be disseminated widely through the CCLA’s distribution channels in justice-minded organizations and schools across Canada.

Project deliverables are available in the following language(s):



OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Canadian Civil Liberties Association
90 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 900
Toronto, Ontario

Telephone: 416-363-0321

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