OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Compliance with laws regulating the collection and use of personal information has become a key concern for both private- and public-sector organizations. Government institutions have been subject to data protection legislation for decades; however, it is only with the more recent enactment of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act that the private sector has been subject to comprehensive federal privacy laws. 

Blakes lawyers practising in this area have advised a range of clients with respect to privacy matters, including clients in industries with specialized privacy concerns, such as the e-commerce, health and financial services sectors.

Blakes Privacy lawyers have extensive experience in related areas of law, including copyright, entertainment and media, information technology, outsourcing, consumer protection, constitutional law, and regulatory compliance matters. We also work closely with members of the Firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, and many of the leading cases on access-to-information issues have been argued by Blakes litigators. We regularly work with corporations to facilitate the development and implementation of privacy and employment policies, including auditing personal information practices, drafting privacy policies and guidelines, complaint procedures, website information packages, and management training. 

Blakes lawyers advise clients on compliance matters involving the application of privacy and data protection legislation, responses to privacy-related complaints and to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests. We also assist clients in obtaining guidance from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and its provincial counterparts.

We are also regularly involved in negotiating, drafting and advising on the privacy aspects of corporate transactions, including advising a number of clients on data transfer issues in the context of large corporate transactions (including patient, customer and/or employee information).

With respect to the public-sector legislation, Blakes lawyers advise government institutions, clients whose personal or confidential information is held by a government agency, and clients seeking information from the government with respect to privacy and related freedom-of-information issues.

Professional Activities

Blakes lawyers practising in the privacy area have written and spoken extensively on privacy issues and have been actively involved in many committees, organizations and advisory bodies including:

  • Advisory Committee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association, Information, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Section – Quebec Branch (at the executive and chair level)
  • Ontario Bar Association, Privacy Section (at the executive and chair level)
  • Advisory Council of the Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative at the University of Toronto

Representative Matters

  • Advising organizations in auditing their personal information practices, drafting privacy policies and consent forms, and advising on their implementation.
  • Advising on privacy issues in corporate transactions, including reviewing a broad range of interprovincial and international transactions to identify Canadian privacy issues and drafting data protection language.
  • Advising on and drafting employee privacy policies and data protection agreements with service providers.
  • Reviewing numerous insurance and financial services application forms to identify Canadian privacy issues and drafting data protection language.
  • Reviewing a wide range of marketing and promotional material to identify and address Canadian privacy issues.
  • Advising companies on privacy issues related to their use of technologies, including with respect to websites, e-commerce, online advertising, social media and cloud computing.
  • Advising clients in relation to access-to-information matters and assisting clients with Privacy Commissioner complaints and investigations.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4297
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Technology, Cannabis, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation, FinTech, Trademarks, Anti-Spam, Mergers & Acquisitions, IP Licensing & Agreements
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4329
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4138
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy & Data Protection, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Drones, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Misleading Advertising
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5021
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology & Innovation, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Spam, Health Products, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Life Sciences, Retail, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Consumer Protection, Autonomous & Connected Vehicles, Health & Product Regulatory, Health Products, Healthcare Compliance, Marketing & Advertising, Contests & Games, Freedom of Information
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2358
Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, FinTech, Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Competition Litigation, Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions, Misleading Advertising, Freedom of Information
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5050
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Freedom of Information, Employment & Labour
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4008
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Communications, India, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, Patents, Trademarks, Gaming, Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Defence, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Drones, Sports, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2399
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Product Liability, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Freedom of Information, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Public & Political Law, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Competition & Antitrust, Competition Litigation, Privacy & Data Protection
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2794
Areas of Expertise: Marketing & Advertising, Privacy & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Health & Product Regulatory
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy & Data Protection, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Executive Compensation, Freedom of Information, Public & Political Law, Corporate Litigation, Cybersecurity, Employment & Labour, Anti-Spam
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9724
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Arbitration
Staff Lawyer | Ottawa
Ottawa: 613-788-2245
Areas of Expertise: E-Discovery & Document Management, SIR/E-Discovery, Privacy & Data Protection, inSource
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9798
Areas of Expertise: Employment Litigation, Labour Law, Privacy & Data Protection, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Executive Compensation, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4265
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Marketing & Advertising, Life Sciences, Privacy & Data Protection, Anti-Spam, Misleading Advertising, Health Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail, Life Sciences, Consumer Protection, Health & Product Regulatory, Consumer & Industrial Products, Health Products, Healthcare Compliance, Contests & Games, Misleading Advertising & Promotions, Cannabis Regulatory
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3053
Areas of Expertise: Privacy & Data Protection, Marketing & Advertising, Cybersecurity, Freedom of Information, Technology & Innovation, Health & Product Regulatory
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3161
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Marketing & Advertising, Life Sciences, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Drones, Consumer Protection, Competition & Antitrust, Health & Product Regulatory, Misleading Advertising, Anti-Spam, Contests & Games, Gaming
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9613
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy & Data Protection, Public & Political Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Anti-Spam, Freedom of Information
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5297
Areas of Expertise: Outsourcing, FinTech, Technology & Innovation, Banking, Insurance, Communications, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Retail, Technology, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection, Procurement, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, IP Licensing & Agreements, Financial Services M&A
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5263
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy & Data Protection, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation
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