Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Management

Preeminent protection based on pervasive industry knowledge and a wealth of information management and technology experience

The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and semi-autonomous vehicles are just a few of the technologies transforming the marketplace. Because the collection, use, storage, processing and disclosure of data transcends practice lines, our Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management Group takes a connected approach. Combining extensive experience in data protection with deep industry insight into the practical commercial realities of technology transformation, we guard your reputation, mitigate risk - and when necessary - control damage.

Integrating specialists into a best-of-breed team

As a nation-wide firm, we unite lawyers across disciplines to provide complete industry coverage. Clients look to us for a full range of privacy, data protection and compliance solutions. Our multidisciplinary team comprised of litigation, class action, securities disclosure/governance, privacy, regulatory and technology specialists is able to take on any challenge your case brings.

Frequently, retailers and financial services providers are the most exposed to risk from data breach. We are regarded as having one of Canada’s top financial services regulatory practices, advising more retail sector clients than any other Canadian law firm. Arming telecommunications companies, emerging technologies and new industries with the tools they require, our team proactively prevents threats and responsively manages existing ones. From regulatory update services to audits, gap assessments to the development of comprehensive compliance programs, we help you structure and implement the most up-to-date practices. Some of our notable experience includes:

  • providing ongoing advice to Salesforce.com in relation to Canadian privacy law compliance;

  • working closely with the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association in relation to their CASL compliance efforts (CASL policy, compliance webinars, etc.) and their data protection (privacy compliance) concerns;

  • advising Lululemon Athletica Inc. on privacy compliance issues in respect of hardening data security protections;

  • providing ongoing CASL, marketing and privacy compliance advice to BSH Home Appliances Limited in the context of advertising campaigns, contests and co-promotions, smart appliance programs, app development issues, privacy policy revamps, and other matters that arise in the course of their business; and

  • challenging the constitutionality of CASL, widely viewed as the most commercially constraining anti-spam law in the world, as part of our defence of a Académie de gestion Compu-Finder.

Cybersecurity Risk Management Guide

Cybersecurity Risk Management Guide

By taking cybersecurity risk management online, McCarthy Tétrault’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management Group is helping Canadian businesses prepare for and respond to data threats.

McCarthy Tétrault is launching a new website, Cybersecurity Risk Management, as an indispensable guide to help businesses navigate the increasingly complex issues related to data and what to do in the event of a data incident. Building on the firm’s extensive off line expertise, the online site provides easily accessible critical insight into contemporary issues affecting data management by offering clients a fundamental understanding of considerations in preparing for, and responding to, a data incident.

Cybersecurity Risk Management Guide

Thought leadership at the forefront of industry

Consistently ranked as the country’s dominant technology firm by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, we are the first choice when it comes to cybersecurity and data management.  Our Technology group has been the Canadian market leader for over 20 years. From this position of strength, we bring thought-leadership to every aspect of industry - and often requested to speak on the subject.

Our recent success in defending the largest data breach class action in Canadian history demonstrates how companies that adopt a proactive stance better mitigate liability. Reducing your risk is always our first priority. Seasoned in supporting startups and emerging markets, we offer a variety of creative approaches to pricing and staffing, building a team specifically designed to meet your legal and budgetary needs. Spanning diverse disciplines, our lawyers combine detailed knowledge of legislative compliance with a practical understanding of commercial technology outcomes. Providing all-encompassing support, our lawyers:

  • aid clients in putting safeguards in place, addressing privacy compliance and cybersecurity risks in outsourcing, plus cloud and complex IT service arrangements;

  • draft privacy policies and implement “privacy by design” principles for clients engaged in ecommerce or social media platforms; and

  • guide financial institutions and clients in regulated industries to navigate industry-specific challenges associated with the collection, storage and processing of vast amounts of sensitive personal information.

With a market-leading compliance toolkit, our lawyers enable organizations to adapt and adopt effective strategies to address the world’s toughest commercial electronic messaging legislation. Having advised over 130 clients in anti-spam legislation matters, we are Canada’s paramount CASL practitioners.