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Goodmans Expertise

Privacy and Data Protection

Technological advances over the past decade have fundamentally changed the availability, nature, volume and storage of information about identifiable individuals.  In response, governments in Canada and abroad have imposed a patchwork of national and global privacy and data security laws that may apply to your organization.  Compliance with these domestic and international laws — some of which have extraterritorial reach — is an increasingly significant and complex challenge for businesses.

Goodmans’ Privacy and Data Protection practice focuses on assisting businesses to manage these privacy and security requirements in a proactive and commercially sensitive manner.  Not only do we advise on how to comply with Canada’s federal and provincial privacy laws, placed in an international context, but have substantial experience helping businesses negotiate privacy and security sensitive transactions, such as outsourcing and services agreements.  We often deal with the privacy issues of businesses that operate in many jurisdictions, reconciling, for example, the privacy and data protection requirements of the Canada, the United States, and Europe.

We counsel businesses on avoiding and mitigating regulatory and litigation risk, but when regulatory or litigious action is taken against our clients, we engage in active litigation or alternative dispute resolution.  We have litigated a number of Canada’s leading privacy-related commercial cases and represented businesses with respect to privacy breaches.  Our practice in the privacy area is complemented by our experience advising companies in other areas involving risk management, such as mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and technology.