Tips and Tricks
Notice: RefWorks migration to US Servers
The SFU Library has posted an important alert to all users of RefWorks:
As of June 2015, the Canadian version of RefWorks will cease to exist, because the Canadian server that hosts RefWorks is no longer available. ...
This change affects the privacy of your personal information. If you use RefWorks after June 2015, your data will be stored on US servers, which means your account information will be subject to US laws, specifically the US Patriot Act, which allows US authorities to have access to your personal information. If you are concerned that your personal information is stored outside Canada, do not use this service. ...
There is an additional important note for instructors (including TAs and sessionals):
If you are an instructor at SFU, you must not mandate the use of RefWorks in your classes after the migration date. BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires that use of systems located outside of Canada must be with prior written consent if the user has to provide personal information.
See additional links:
- SFU's Cloud Computing FAQ
- BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: Section 74.1.5 says that there can be a personal fine of up to $2000 for privacy protection offences.