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

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VANCOUVER – Tomorrow, October 4, 2018, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) will release six translated versions of the popular online guide “Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook – a Guide to your Rights at the Border”.

The Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook was launched August 1st and helps travellers understand what is known about their data privacy rights at Canadian border and at U.S. preclearance areas, best practices for securing your digital devices, and what to do if they’ve been searched.

The Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook was written in English, and has been in high demand since its launch this summer.  As of tomorrow, a condensed version of the handbook will be available in French, Tagalog, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Punjabi.

Having the Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook available in six additional languages will greatly increase the scope of travellers that will have access to this important information. 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.

The Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook is funded by CIRA’s Community Investment Program.  CIRA is the Canadian Internet Registry Authority, a member-based not-for-profit best known for its management and stewardship of the .CA domain on behalf of all Canadians.

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

WHEN: Thursday October 4, 2018

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