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Welcome to The Privacy Rhythm Research Lab!

The Privacy & Sociotechnical Systems Rhythm lab focuses on researching methodologies and developing privacy-enhancing tools to help incorporate a socially meaningful conception of privacy which meets peoples' expectations and is ethically defensible.

Research Interests (see selected publications)

  • Usable privacy
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Contextual Integrity: Theory and Applications
  • Information Technology Policy
I am looking for students interested in working on topic of privacy in EdTech and other sociotechnical systems.

Please see the Join Us page for more details.

We are grateful for the support of:

Apple Canada Only Tech to Respond to Privacy Commissioner on Data Requests  • iPhone in Canada Blog
Lassonde School of Engineering - Wikipedia

If you are interested in working on any of the above or other privacy related research topics, please check out the opportunities to join the lab.


  • Prof Shvartzshnaider presented on the privacy governance of learning management systems project at the inaugural Toronto Public Tech Workshop hosted by the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto "This workshop aims to address these […]
  • Two papers were accepted for discussion to the Privacy Law Conference The Contextual Integrity of “Privacy” in Ad Attribution: A Comparative Analysis of AdTech Platforms Lee McGuigan, Yan Shvartzshnaider, Ido Sivan-Sevilla and Patrick Parham Privacy Not Included: Analysis of Add-ons in Learning Management Systems Madelyn Sanfilippo, Noah Apthorpe, Karoline Brehm […]
  • Two position papers were accepted to the upcoming CHI'23 workshop on Designing Technology and Policy Simultaneously: Towards A Research Agenda and New Practice. Position paper: Contextual Integrity of A Virtual (Reality) Classroom by Karoline Brehm, Yan Shvartzshnaider, and David Goedicke Abstract: The multicontextual nature of immersive VR makes it difficult to […]