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Privacy & Information Protection

Privacy and information protection rank among the top opportunities and legal risk management issues facing businesses worldwide.

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information is at the core of many innovative new products and services, and enhancements of business processes and operations. Businesses face a complex matrix of privacy law requirements in such activities, as well as the threat of data theft and the disclosure or loss of sensitive information, which can give rise to severe liabilities for organizations that do business in Canada.

Fasken Martineau is a recognized leader in assisting U.S. organizations to innovate and achieve their business objectives involving personal information, and to navigate the ever-increasing risks and evolving liability exposures associated with privacy and information protection.

Our team is comprised of some of Canada's most experienced privacy law experts and thought leaders. We are recognized leaders in advising clients on privacy compliance programs and audits, cross-border storage and the processing of personal information, workplace privacy considerations, outsourcing arrangements, big data projects, online behavioral advertising and other marketing activities, cybersecurity and safeguarding information, privacy breach avoidance, planning and response, and privacy legal risk management. We are also experienced in defending privacy regulatory complaints and investigations, and litigation defense. We have also acted as lead counsel in a number of landmark individual plaintiff litigation and class action litigation matters related to privacy and cybersecurity.

We have worked for more than 15 years with privacy regulators in Canada, both on behalf of clients and directly with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada; our lawyers have been commissioned to author more than a half dozen landmark privacy reports, interpretations and guidance material. Our team has also taken leadership roles with the Canadian Bar Association National Privacy and Access Law Section and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada.