Colin J. Bennett is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. He has enjoyed visiting professorships at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University; the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley; the School of Law at the University of New South Wales; the Law, Science, Technology & Society Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels; and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy governance at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published seven books on these subjects. He is currently researching the capture and use of personal data for political campaigning in Western democracies.