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Privacy & Data Security

Canada has a sophisticated regulatory framework for privacy and data security, encompassing federal and provincial laws. The Aird & Berlis LLP Privacy & Data Security Team delivers innovative and practical solutions to Canadian privacy, data protection and data security issues, and advises on how the related laws impact domestic and international commerce.

We provide strategic advice to multinational and domestic entities, including critical infrastructure players involved with energy, health care, transportation, communications and government as well as those in the education, professional services, technology, social media, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Specialized Expertise

Privacy and Data Management

Clients rely on our expertise to help them protect one of their most valuable resources – data. From conducting privacy and information threat risk assessments and designing privacy and data management policies to developing compliant business processes and sophisticated training modules, we are committed to helping clients plan and prepare for the expected and unexpected. Knowing the legal and regulatory landscape is vital to crafting a strategy that protects customer and consumer privacy and maximizes an organization’s security. We advise on all facets of privacy law, including issues surrounding the transfer of data outside of Canada, compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), fraud detection, workplace privacy issues and privacy information security breaches.

We serve as data breach response advisors, working to mitigate, source, contain and manage the damage that results from a breach. Our professionals work closely with management, IT experts, regulators, public relations representatives and human resource specialists, including as a data breach coach, to provide a complete response directed to each client’s specific needs and the type and scope of the breach. In addition to proactively advising on risk management and notification strategies, we can also provide notifications to individuals, businesses and law enforcement following a breach. We also work with insurance companies in advising on appropriate coverage limits and data breach response management when insurance is involved.

Cyber Security and Cyber Offences

With the rise of cyber threats and attacks, it is becoming increasingly more important to take a proactive approach to safeguarding your organization’s presence in cyberspace. Our lawyers can help you to understand and assess your legal risk and develop strategic cyber security measures to reduce your vulnerability and protect your organization.

Should the need arise, we can also provide timely support and legal guidance in the face of a cyber threat or attack, whether the result of an internal security breach or external action, such as state-sponsored or politically or financially motivated offences. Our professionals understand the urgency needed to respond to such events in order to effectively mitigate the risk of financial loss and reputational damage. We are committed to providing the advice you need when you need it.

Reliable Resources

For legal and industry commentary on important privacy and data security topics, explore our Privacy Law Bulletin; media, sports and communication law blog; popular Complimentary Webinar Series; and CASL Resource page.

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