Privacy and data protection are increasingly complex challenges for businesses in Canada and around the world. Keeping pace with the modern economy coupled with the frequent changes and updates made to Canada’s network of privacy regulations make it vital for companies and business owners to stay on top of compliance regulations and privacy laws at both the federal and provincial levels.
At McLennan Ross, we know the intricacies and details of this complicated area of the law. With a focus on business, our lawyers deliver practical legal solutions for privacy matters that balance compliance with innovation and an organization’s objectives.
Pro-active privacy policies & compliance.
Our team of lawyers takes a proactive and strategic approach to help companies navigate privacy and data protection laws as well as compliance requirements to avoid issues. From developing privacy policies to data management training, our primary goal is to help companies reduce their risks of losing valuable information by getting privacy policies and data protection correct right from the start.
Our lawyers tailor policies to each client and keep them updated as requirements change. We draft and review privacy policies and processes and assist with incident response planning and staff training.
We are trusted advisors to employers on workplace privacy with a focus on unionized workplaces. We assist with privacy matters including procedures for information collection such as biometric and medical information, consent provisions, and searches of employees and their property. We assist with data privacy compliance and audits, data subject access requests (DSARs), IT threat assessments, and negotiations and data sharing agreements.
Business-focused privacy solutions.
We help our clients build a framework for privacy compliance that helps to avoid privacy complaints, investigations by regulatory bodies, and litigation. However, privacy and data breaches can still happen and a solid plan can help clients mitigate any negative impacts should privacy issues occur. Whether accidental or intentional, breaches can lead to damaged reputations, large regulatory penalties, and litigation.
Our team of experienced privacy and data protection lawyers provide strategic advice and skilled crisis response. We manage investigations of privacy breaches and help with reporting obligations, conduct investigations, and take corrective action in the event of a breach.
In litigation, our lawyers will find the strongest dispute resolution strategies based on each client’s best interests. We handle privacy disputes, including breaches of privacy laws, the mishandling of personal information, disclosure of information, employee misconduct, external hacking of information systems, and class actions.
We assist our clients with regulatory inspections, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. We are strong advocates for our clients when dealing with government agencies by both federal and provincial regulatory and policing agencies, including The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Privacy Commissioner.
You want us in your corner.
Our valued clients include domestic and global financial institutions, airlines and airports, retail and web-based companies, health services providers, and education institutions and universities. We have deep understanding of data protection and privacy standards across different industries, including automotive, energy, real estate, life sciences, government, and the public sector.
Big firm capabilities in a more efficient package.
Working with us, clients can expect hands-on and responsive service from experienced legal professionals, as well as some of the best support staff in the business. Our strategic use of paralegals, litigation support, e-discovery, and document imaging technology allows us to be streamlined and cost-effective.
We understand the stress privacy challenges can have on our clients’ lives and businesses. We give every client personal and thoughtful service and make the effort to understand their business. No matter the size or complexity of a situation, our experience allows us to keep our teams stream-lined and agile. Every single person in our office is focused and prepared to do what it takes to provide the exceptional service our clients deserve.
Contact us today with any questions or privacy concerns. We’re always here to help.
Our privacy experience includes:
- Compliance reviews
- Cyber liability insurance assessment
- Data breaches
- Due diligence in commercial transactions
- Employment privacy issues
- Governance procedures
- Health information issues
- Impact assessments
- Incident response check-up
- Personal and confidential information
- Policy reviews