Meet our Canada: Privacy & Data Protection Experts

Compliance with laws regulating the collection, use, disclosure and protection of personal information has become a key concern for both private- and public-sector organizations. 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.

We advise clients on compliance matters involving the application of privacy and data protection legislation, responses to data breaches and privacy-related complaints and to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests. We also assist clients in obtaining guidance from the Office of 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.

Some examples of Blakes' unparalleled client service and the highest standard of legal advice include:

  • 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 privacy consent 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.

The Blakes Privacy & Data Protection team has extensive experience in the following industries:

  • e-commerce
  • health
  • financial services sectors
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