We have extensive experience advising on Canadian aspects of global privacy compliance projects, including reviewing global privacy policies, consent frameworks, data protection addenda and internal privacy policies and procedures. Our deep understanding of the complex interconnected data protection regimes in Canada and globally allows us to provide practical, functional and commercially driven advice worldwide.
Blakes privacy lawyers support both well-established and emerging start-up clients in all industries and sectors, including technology, financial services and insurance, health and life sciences, energy, infrastructure, education, hospitality, retail, and consumer goods sectors. We have extensive experience advising on the privacy implications and compliance requirements associated with new and innovative technologies and business models, including privacy considerations in connection with big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, biometrics, and blockchain technology.
We represent clients in regulatory proceedings before information and privacy commissioners with respect to complaints, appeals, breach reports, investigations and audits. We regularly assist clients with successfully managing disclosure and access to information requests. Many of the leading cases on access to information issues in Canada have been argued by Blakes litigators, making us a leading Canadian privacy and data protection law firm.
With respect to the privacy aspects of corporate transactions, we assist clients with carrying out privacy-related due diligence, negotiating and drafting the privacy-related aspects of transaction documents, resolving data transfer issues and meeting post-closing requirements.
Blakes privacy lawyers also have broad cross-disciplinary expertise in marketing and advertising laws. We regularly assist clients with ensuring their marketing practices are in compliance with data privacy laws, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules of the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
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
Information, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Section – Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (at the executive and chair level)
CyberSpace Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association
Privacy and Access to Information Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association (at the executive and chair level)
Advisory Council of the Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative at the University of Toronto
International Association of Privacy Professionals