Data Privacy for Business and Individuals

What is Binary Tattoo up to?

As part of our privacy policy, we do not publish events at private institutions such as companies or schools. We do welcome you join us for public events listed below or catch up with us through posted media.

Due to the current climate of COVID-19, we are exclusively booking virtual events in the near future and (hopefully) in-person events beyond summer 2020. We have the technology to continue to deliver seminars, workshops, and consulting from home. Reach out if you have any questions!

Company Bookings

We are pleased to offer a full Global Data Privacy Regulation compliance service. From DPIA (Data Protection Impact Analysis) to fully fleshed out communications, we have you covered for GDPR, PIPEDA, CCPA and more.

We have expanded our corporate offerings to help companies understand Privacy policy, compliance, and social media policy; how everything plays in to a company’s cyber security efforts. Visit our corporate page for more information on how we can help your company.

School Bookings

We are booking virtual seminars with schools, and parents for fall 2020. We have also produced digital resources (videos and downloads) for several school boards. Contact us for custom solutions for your school.


We are very busy with online events! Check out the Binary Tattoo YouTube page for recordings of these events, podcast, and interviews!


June 2020 – University of Waterloo: Privacy Ask Me Anything

In June 2020, Cat took over the University of Waterloo Alumni account on Twitter to deliver an Ask Me Anything about privacy. From the continued transition to work-from-home to the safety of Contact Tracing, she answered all the privacy questions. Find the complete collection of answers and tips on the University of Waterloo website.

June 2020 – Privacy and Compliance for NetSPI

NetSPI and Cat did a great podcast in May 2020 and then they captured it as an article on the evolution of data privacy, GDPR, and how to be proactive with your data security compliance. Read the full article on the NetSPI website.

Ongoing 2020 – SiberX Podcast Series

Join Cat and a series of leading expert guests on the SiberXchange Podcasts. Cybersecurity topics include Top Defence Strategies for 2020, How to Train your Teams for Cybersecurity, What Companies *think* they know about cyber but don’t. Stay tuned for new episodes being added all of time.

March 10, 2020 – SiberX Women in Cybersecurity Conference

Cat was on the advisory board (and speaking at) this amazing new conference that happened March 10th at the Toronto Weston Hotel. This full day conference highlighted women in cybersecurity in the hopes of attracting more talent to this huge field of opportunity. Visit the event page for more information about the incredible speakers and the day’s events. Or check out this amazing article from IT world that summarizes many of the talks:

February 28, 2020 – University of Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Conference

Cat spoke at the annual Privacy Conference at the University of Waterloo. You can see videos of all of the talks including Canadian Government, Algorithmic Bias, Using Tor as Browser and Cat’s talk on Privacy Regulations here:

December 9-13, 2019 – WiseHer Online Business Summit

Looking to get ahead in your career or with your business? Check out WiseHer’s FREE Business & Career Acceleration Summit. This free global online event featured 40+ experts who shared tips and tricks on business/career development topics. Cat’s talk is on How to Safeguard Your Online Brand; Learn to separate your professional online identity from your private personal accounts. Have a listen here:

November, 2019 – Podcast interview with Uberknowledge

Cat met with Ashwin Krishnan on the UberKnowledge podcast where they talked about global privacy regulations and what all companies need to understand, big and small. Listen online here.

October, 2019 – Joined the Standards Council of Canada on GDPR

Cat is now a member of the Standards Council of Canada GDPR committee. The group os tasked with evaluating how best to educate the Canadian public and businesses on GDPR compliance.

October, 2019 – Insider Threat Panel for Innovation Women

Looking to prevent insider threats to your businessWatch this informative recording  which includes myself, Kathy Winger (Cybersecurity Lawyer), Stacey Champagne (Insider Threat Program lead at Blackstone), and moderated by Deirdre Diamond (CEO of CyberSN recruiting).

October, 2019 – Internet Safety Article in Country Guide Magazine

Cat was interviewed for Country Guide Magazine about Staying Safe Online for individuals and small business owners. This journalist captured *all* the tips! Check out the article online.

October 1, 2019 – Keynote for the CyberCity Conf

Cat was thrilled to be the keynote for CyberCity Conf, the inaugural Cybersecurity conference in Waterloo Region. Cat spoke to privacy.. with a Lord of the Rings theme. The day provided the sold-out audience with a breadth of cybersecurity topics. Stay tuned for next year’s event.

September, 2019 – Joined EduThink

Cat has joined EduThink, a new company providing speakers and educators to deliver workshops at schools and organizations.

Cat will be covering:

  • Data Privacy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Cyber Security & Safety
  • Social Media Awareness

August 22-23, 2019 – Featured Panelist at CISO Forum Canada

CISO Forum Canada conference in Niagara Falls targeted CISO issues in Cybersecurity and Privacy. Cat was a member of the Women in Cybersecurity panel.

July, 2019 – New Video Playlist

In line with our corporate focus on Privacy Compliance, we are releasing new videos on Data Privacy and Global Regulations. Check out the playlist and subscribe to get notified when new videos are added.

February 15 – 18th, 2019 – Parents Consciousness Conference

A momentous event: Cat and 27 other parenting experts from around the world spoke at the Kidskintha Parenting Consciousness Conference. This 4 day event can still be purchased. There are 7 tracks covering everything from mental health to physical changes. Cat spoke on Your Child’s Digital Footprint in Track 5. Purchase today!

February 2019 – Cat on Crime Stoppers talking about Cybersafety

In November 2018, Cat filmed a segment on Waterloo Region’s popular Crime Stoppers show. Check out this 12 minute video on how to keep your kids safe online.

Feb 4 2019 – In Studio “Street Proofing Your Kids”

Cat returns to RogersTV on their show In Studio with Natasha Mckenty. Watch from 20 min to the end to see Cat talking about Street Proofing Your Kids Online – keeping them safe from strangers, and what one thing you need to tell them *before* they go online.

October 11, 2018 – Technology and the Job Market Event, Actua, Toronto

Cat joined a distinguished set of panelists for an event on Technology and the Changing Job Market in honour of International Day of the Girl. The panel and Q&A took place Thursday, October 11th, in conjunction with Actua,

September 2018 – CIPP/C Certified!

Congratulations to our founder Cat Coode on her CIPP/C  (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada)  designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. This helps us serve you better in the realm of Privacy and Data laws in Canada.

August  30 2018 – Online Parent Seminar for Social Media and Internet Safety

Second year in a row, we joined with 4 other tech education professionals from across Canada to bring you a FREE Live Seminar on Social Media and Tech Safety for kids. Our backgrounds span law enforcement, tech, privacy law, education and psychology. We want to help answer all of your questions about the tech your kids have, and the tech the schools provide. The video of the event is available here on YouTube.

June 16 2018 – Power Off and Play Event in Guelph, ON

Binary Tattoo was very excited to be a part of the Balanced Technology Management committee in Guelph-Wellington that hosted a Power Off and Play event in Guelph on May 16th.

Spring/Summer 2018

May 14th, 2018 – In Studio on Rogers TV

Cat was back on RogersTV on their show In Studio. Watch from 20 min to the end to see Cat talking about Monitoring Kids Online: why you need it, and how to do it.

May 3rd, 2018 – Moms Making Money Show with Amie Pederson

Many moms, including Cat, start their businesses small with the time they have and then build their businesses and their brands. The issue is that many of these women are on their own or at the mercy of information provided by MLM companies or mentors. This information on online branding may make for great marketing but it is not always geared at your safety or your families.
That’s why Cat was delighted to do this awesome interview with business coach and MLM specialist Amie Pederson, where she teach you how to keep you, your kids, and your business safe online.

April 15-19 2018 – Mom’s Can: Code Virtual Summit

Are you a woman who is interested in tech but don’t know where to start? Cat was a part of the #MomsCanCode Virtual Summit. You can still see the full list of speakers & get information at

#MomsCanCode #momswhocode #womenintech #womeninSTEM

March 8 2018 – International Women’s Day

The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre hosted their annual breakfast in honour of International Women’s Day. This year our own Cat Coode was a featured speaker.

October 2017 – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Look out for special posts, events, and loads of helpful information thanks to all of our wonder partners celebrating Cyber Security Awareness all month long. Follow the hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter all month long to get tips and tricks from lots of experts on how to keep safe online for both you and your business.


September 6 2017 – Online Parent Seminar for Social Media and Internet Safety

We are thrilled to have joined with 4 other tech education professionals from across Canada to bring you a FREE Live Seminar on Social Media and Tech Safety for kids. Our backgrounds span law enforcement, tech, and psychology. We want to help answer all of your questions about the tech your kids have, and the tech the schools provide. The video of the event is available here on YouTube.

August 2017 – Internet Matters UK

Two of our articles were featured this month on Internet Matters UK.

May 10th, 2017 – Communitech Pitch Competition

Binary Tattoo was one of 5 featured companies from the Fierce Founders Accelerator at the Communitech Pitch Competition. Fierce Founders is the first all female-led tech accelerator of its kind in Canada.

March 2017 – Hive Waterloo International Women’s Day

Cat was a featured speaker at the Hive Waterloo Change The Ration event for International Women’s Day. If you missed the event, the recorded copy can be found here.

February 2017 – New Animated Video

Why is your digital identity so important? Check out our new animated video to find out.

January 28th, 2017 – Data Privacy Day

Annual Data Privacy Day is January 28th. Search for the hashtag #PrivacyAware online to follow up on the events from that day. We were once again a champion for the program and were excited to  reach many people with tips and ideas on how to stay safe.

November 26. 2016 – WRDSB Digital Citizenship Summit

The Waterloo Regional District School Board hosted an all day Digital Citizenship Summit for all their parents of kids from K to Grade 12. Come learn from a variety of speakers about what tech kids are using at school, how tech for education is working, and how to keeps kids safe on tech at home. Cat spoke at  two of the sessions. To learn more, visit their website.

October 2016 – Kidskintha Interview

We love doing interviews! It gives us a chance to give tips and tricks on how to stay safe online while still enjoying the internet. You can check out Cat’s full interview with parenting website Kidskintha.


October 2016 – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Look out for special posts, events, and loads of helpful information thanks to all of our wonder partners celebrating Cyber Security Awareness all month long. Follow the hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter all month long to get tips and tricks from lots of experts on how to keep safe online for both you and your business.


September 15th, 2016 – #DistractinglyHonest

Last year, PhD candidate Eden Hennessy presented a photo essay called #DistractinglySexist, an exhibit of sexism in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Due to how well received it was, Eden is back again with #DisractinglyHonest, featuring our own Cat Coode. The reception took place September 15th au Laurier University.

Distractingly honest

Summer 2016 – Sharenting Parody Video

Need a laugh? Cat teamed up with parenting talk show hosts Vanessa + Melissa to show us what would happen If Moms Shared In Real Life Like They Do Online. Stay tuned to the end for great tips to keep kids safe.

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2016 – Returning visits to daytime on Rogers TV

Cat will be appearing as a regular guest again this year on Rogers TV’s most popular talk show, daytime, which airs every weekday in Waterloo Region (Cable 20) at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 11 pm. Rogers customers can watch live from anywhere using this link. Watch for Cat on:

January 4th, January 28th, February 22nd, March 21st, April 25th, May 16th and June 20th.

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April 2016 – New Network and App Resource!

The #1 take-away Cat gets asked for after speaking engagements is a list of networks and their safety rating. By popular demand, we are thrilled to present our Network and App Resource. This page contains the most popular and talked about apps that kids, and adults, are using. Each app includes a description of what it is, why people like it, and what risks are associated with it. Check it out for yourself!

Network logos

April 27th, 2016 – #TelusWise Twitter Chat with Yummy Mummy Club

Cat was special guest for the #TelusWise Twitter chat that Yummy Mummy Club Hosted on keeping kids safe online. Over 200 questions were asked and the participation was excellent. Thanks to everyone who listened in, tweeted, and took part.

April 16th, 2016 – PIC Conference

The Parent Information Council of Waterloo Region put together an amazing one day conference for parents of kids from kindergarten right through to high school! Cat was thrilled to be able to deliver two seminars on Internet Safety and Digital Identity. Great group of parents and a very well organized event! Hope to see you again next year!

PIC Conference 2016 poster
March 21st, 2016 – Daytime Segment

Wondering where to start with cleaning up your accounts online? Here is Cat’s segment on daytime where she walks through how to Spring Clean your Digital Accounts.

Daytime screen shot - Digital Spring Cleaning
February 9th, 2016 – CTV segment

In the much-hyped Canadian court case against Jian Ghomeshi, the defence lawyer pulled out emails and images that are over 10 years old. Is that a legitimate thing to do? Absolutely. Here’s the piece from CTV, in which Cat makes an appearance, explaining about digital debris as evidence.

Digital Debris from CTV

January 28th, 2016 – Data Privacy Day

Annual Data Privacy Day is January 28th. Search for the hashtag #PrivacyAware online to follow up on the events from that day. We were once again a champion for the program and were excited to  reach many people with tips and ideas on how to stay safe.


December 2015 – Waterloo Alumni Magazine

Cat’s alma mater, the University of Waterloo, published an entire edition of their Alumni Magazine on gender equality in the world of STEM (science, tech, engineering, math). Check out the magazine and Cat (Building a Better Workplace article).

cat UW alumni mag

October 27, 2015 – Vanessa + Melissa

Vanessa + Melissa is a great new parenting show on Rogers TV. Cat was on their inaugural episode talking about kids and tablets. If you missed the airing, watch it on YouTube.

V+M Tablets and Kids Oct 2015

October 17, 2015 – Girls in STEM Mini Conference

Cat was pleased to have taken part in the Cambridge Ontario YWCA STEM mini conference for girls, along with a dozen other women in careers ranging from scientists to physiotherapists to engineers.

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October 2015 – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Again this year we were proud to be a champion for NCSAM (National Cyber Security Awareness Month). Follow the hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter all month long to get tips and tricks from lots of experts on how to keep safe online for both you and your business.


August 2015 – Latest Binary Tattoo Video on Snapchat

Snapchat is one of the newer social networks but kids are loving it! Check out the video to find out why and what you need to know to keep them safe.

Binary Tattoo - Snapchat

July 2015 – 570 News Interview with Cat

Always a pleasure to be interviewed on 570News on their Tech Spotlight with Eric Drozd. Check out the interview below.

July 2015 – New Binary Tattoo Video on Instagram

Our latest video on Kids & Instagram is now available on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get notified as we add more great videos.

Instagram Parent Video Screen Shot

July 2015 – 570News Cat featured in news story on Women in Tech

A new study on places for women to live in Canada revealed that KW is at the bottom of the list. This has prompted many news outlets to question the climate of the tech industry here. Check out the article that 570News published.

570 News

July 1st, 2015 – Year of Code!

The Waterloo Region Year of Code has begun. This is a year-long campaign to teach digital literacy to the community and beyond. Binary Tattoo is proud to support this initiative. For more information on the many activities happening throughout the year, check out their website.

Year of Code WR logo

May 2015 – New YouTube Channel

We are very excited to announce our new YouTube Channel! We are starting with a video series for parents on why kids find social networks appealing and how to keep them safe. Our first video on Kids & YouTube is available now. Subscribe to be the first to know when more are added.

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March 11, 2015 – The Record Business Section

Cat was featured on the cover of the business section of The Record, in Waterloo Region. You can read the article online to find out more about what’s coming for Binary Tattoo.

Record business cover

March 2015 – Parents Canada Magazine

Cat was interviewed from an article in the Feb/Mar edition of Parents Canada Magazine on social accounts for babies. You can pick up a copy or read the article online.

Parents Canada article

February 2015 – Diapers & Lipgloss Webisode

The ladies of Diapers and Lipgloss have gone global! Now their webisodes are available direct from YouTube. Check out this one on Kids Safety Online.

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January 26th and February 23rd – Rogers TV

Check out these two episodes of Cat on daytime on Rogers TV talking about How to Stay Safe from Hackers and Digital Legacy.

Rogers screenshot Jan 26 2015
Rogers - Digital Legacy

February 7th and 8th, 2015 – Total Woman Show

The Total Woman Show is an amazing annual conference held at Bingeman’s in Kitchener, Ontario. The two-day event features speakers, seminars and loads of exhibitors showing everything women could want or need to help them achieve an amazing life. Cat was featured on the main stage as well as having a booth for the weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out. It was great to meet so many amazing people.

total woman show

January 22nd, 2015 – Communitech – Tech About Town

Cat was featured as the Tech About Town on Communitech’s website. Communitech is a tech accelerator in Kitchener-Waterloo that is turning out some of Canada’s best tech entrepreneurs and companies.

Communitech Article - Jan 2015

December 16th 2014 – 570News Radio Tech Spotlight

Cat was featured as the Tech Spotlight on 570News’ Midday show talking about what age kids should have smart phones and other tech tips for safety online. Have a listen to the 10 minute interview from 20:00 to 30:00 on the link.
570 News

November 28th 2014 – Tech Start-up Podcast

Super fun time in the Tech Start-up Podcast with Darren and Stephen! Cat got to talk about some new tech and about Binary Tattoo. Have a listen on the link below.
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November 10-16 2014 – Cat on Diapers and Lip Gloss

If you are a parent to little ones in the Waterloo Region then Diapers and Lipgloss is your new go-to show! Melissa and Vanessa, local moms, take to the region to explore everything there is to know and do for parents.

Cat appeared on the show talking about Internet Safety for Parents. Episodes of Diapers and Lipgloss air on Rogers TV: Monday at 6pm, Thursday at 9am, 2:30pm, Friday at 7am and Saturday at 1:30 and 9pm! Check out the episode below.

Diapers and Lipgloss - May 2015

October 2014 – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That’s what National Cyber Security Awareness Month—observed in October —is all about! Binary Tattoo is an NCSAM champion. Stay tuned for lots of tips and tricks on security all month long.


October 20, 2014 – YWCA Power of Being a Girl

Cat had a great time presenting a workshop on Defining Your Digital Identity for hundreds of local girls age 12-14. Thanks ladies and the YWCA for a great event!

Power of being a girl logo

August 19-21 and September 24-26, 2014 – Communitech Women Entrepreuneurs Bootcamp

Humbled and honoured to have placed 3rd in the Communitech Women’s Entrepreneur Pitch Competition! What an amazing group of talented and passionate women.
Congratulations to all the participants. I look forward to seeing all of your products in the future.

Communitech bootcamp logo

September 22, 2014 – Cat on News Talk 1010

Had a wonderful time on News Talk 1010 on Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade (Till Debt Do Us Part) talking about internet safety! Have a listen starting at 14:40.

News talk 1010

September 18th, 2014 – Twitter eBook available!

Ready to get started with Twitter? Our expert guide will take you through step-by-step to create an online brand that is safe and effective! Already have an account? Find out which settings you should be using and the tips & tricks to make a great experience.

Twitter eBook cover mini

August 18th, 2014 – Family Digital Device Contract Posted

Do you have a teen or a tween with a digital device? Wondering how to set up parameters for use in a way that is safe for your child? Download our Digital Device Contract today.

Digital device contract mini

June 2nd, 2014 – Ignite videos posted!

Check out my Ignite Waterloo 14 video on YouTube. Watch and learn more about your most important first impression.

Ignite waterloo 14

May 6th, 2014 – MacGregor PS Cyber Smart event

I took part in a great event held at MacGregor PS for parents and their tweens/teens.
The “Cyber (smart 🙂 ” event included both myself (talking about online social media safety) and presentations from an addiction counsellor on mobile phone and gaming addiction (yes, it is a real problem today).

Cyber smart poster mini pic

May 5th, 2014 – Diapers and Lipgloss filming!

Had an awesome time filing a segment for up and coming parent show for the KW Region called  Diapers and Lipgloss! Stay tuned for it to air in the fall on Rogers TV.

April 30th, 2014 – Cat nominated for WOW award

The WOW (Women of Waterloo) awards honour local Waterloo women in a variety of categories. This year, I was humbled and honoured to be nominated in the Entrepreneur category. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! You can learn more about WOW on their website.

April 29th, 2014 – Cat at Ignite Waterloo 14

What happens when you give me a microphone, a stage and 5 minutes? I found out when I was a speaker at Ignite Waterloo 14! Ignite is a global initiative where people take the stage for 5-minute presentations on a wide range of topics. This year’s event was held at Kitchener Market. It was a great, sold out, event! Stay tuned for the video…

Ignite Waterloo logo

January 28th, 2014 – Data Privacy Day and Cat on Rogers TV!

DPD is a North American event that brings awareness to privacy issues in an online world. Check out my interview on Rogers!

Rogers TV still

January 13th, 2014 – Now booking the Social Network 101 sessions as a lunch-and-learn!

Need a pick-me-up at work from the winter blahs? Looking for information for your community group? We are booking ‘Social Networks 101’ as a 45 min lunch-and-learn session. As always, length and content can be altered for the audience. If you are interested in a presentation for your company or group, or just want more information, please contact us!

Puzzle poster image

November 14th, 2013 – Social Network 101 Cheat Sheet is posted

The Social Networks Cheat Sheet, our popular handout at presentations, is now available for FREE download. A quick guide to major networks, top safety tips and the current shorthand/slang. Get it below.

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November 5th, 2013 – Newsletter now available

Introducing… the Binary Tattoo weekly newsletter! Get our entire blog, important social network policy updates and tips, all straight to your inbox. Sign yourself up and then pass the link to that friend or family member who needs this information but isn’t online enough to get it. 🙂

October 3rd, 2013 – Now booking the Social Network for Parent 101 sessions!

Are you a parent or teacher? We are booking ‘Social Networks 101: For Parents’ at schools. If you are interested in a presentation for your school, or want more information, please contact us!

Parents Presentation


Looking for more blogs and articles? Cat writes the Tech blog “Technically Speaking” for the popular parenting site Yummy Mummy Club. Find her work here.

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