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Privacy & Data Protection

Privacy & Data Protection
Privacy & Data Protection
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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 and Data Protection 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 have written and spoken extensively on privacy and data protection 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
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