Media Advisory: BCCLA launches electronic devices handbook to protect privacy at the border

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VANCOUVER – Tomorrow, August 1, 2018, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) will release the online guide “Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook – a Guide to your Rights at the Border.”

The quickly changing legal landscapes at the Canadian border and at U.S. preclearance areas have left many travellers wondering whether they can safely cross the border while protecting the sensitive personal and professional data contained in their digital devices.

The Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook will help travellers understand what is known about their data privacy rights at these border areas, best practices for securing your digital devices, and what to do if they’ve been searched.

The guide is for every person who crosses the Canadian border and the U.S. border through preclearance areas, but has particularly important implications for certain groups, such as lawyers who carry privileged materials. All people with personal information on their devices have vested interests in protecting their data from being seized at the border and shared with Canada’s vast network of coordinating departments and national security partners.

A Twitter Q& A session with BCCLA staff counsel will follow on August 2nd at 12 PM Pacific Standard Time. Users can tweet questions to @bccla using #edevice.

WHAT: Launch of “Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook – a Guide to your Rights at the Border”

WHEN: Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 9:00 am PT

WHERE: Online at

WHO:  Meghan McDermott, BCCLA Staff Counsel, at [email protected] (778) 783-3011

Thanks to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority for its financial support which made this project possible.