Policy last updated on 7 April 2021.
Please note that this policy specifically addresses data collected from our website. In addition to such data, in our work on refugee adjudication we publish research and datasets on the outcomes of cases at all levels of Canada’s refugee determination system. The research and datasets are based either on publicly available information obtained from government bodies or information obtained through data-sharing agreements with government bodies. Some of the data may include identifying information—such as the names of decision-makers and legal counsel. Other data may include information that could, either on its own or in combination with other datasets, identify other individuals – including refugee claimants.
The Refugee Law Lab recognizes that this research raises challenging questions about how to balance protecting privacy, enhancing government transparency, addressing information asymmetries, and building technologies that leverage data to advance the rights and interests of refugees and other displaced people.
More broadly, the Refugee Law Lab also recognizes that considerations around privacy and data protection are complex and evolving. When working on migration, refugee law, data, technology and surveillance, we strive to foreground intersectional understandings of the systemic harms perpetuated against groups historically made marginalized. As our work at the Refugee Law Lab continues to expand, we will endeavor to keep this perspective front of mind.
Despite our best efforts, we recognize that we may not always get the balance between privacy and other considerations right. If you have comments or advice about how we might best achieve that balance please feel free to reach out to us at RefugeeLab@yorku.ca.
The Refugee Law Lab website may include forms where we gather information provided voluntarily by website visitors for various purposes, such as signing up for our listserv or applying for jobs. When such information is sought, we will endeavor to outline why we are gathering the information that we ask for and set out what we will do with the information.
The Refugee Law Lab also uses Google Analytics to help us better understand our website traffic. Google Analytics uses first party cookies and collects data related to a user’s device, web browser, and IP address, which provides geolocation data. It may take up to two years for cookies from Google Analytics to expire. We do not use any Google Analytics advertising features.
You can find more details on how Google Analytics collects, uses, and safeguards data on its’ Safeguarding your data page. Website visitors can opt out of tracking through Google Analytics by installing a privacy browser extension such as Privacy Badger.
The Refugee Law Lab’s collection, use, and retention of personal data is governed by Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Under the FIPPA, individuals have the right to access personal information collected about them, and to correct that personal information where there might be errors or omissions. Individuals in Ontario also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
Please write to RefugeeLab@yorku.ca if you would like to exercise your rights under the FIPPA.
Changes to this Policy
Changes to the policy will be clearly communicated to website visitors. We will make previous versions of the policy available through a log on this page. We will also summarize key changes to the policy and note the date of each revision. The date that the policy was last updated is listed at the top of the policy.