Fall Update: Advocacy, Webinars and More!

  • November 24, 2022

Our Section has some great programs in store, including an upcoming webinar “Key Updates for In-House Privacy Counsel” on December 14, 12 noon – 1:30pm ET.

The area of privacy and access law is very active and the work of the Section is more relevant than ever. If you would like to be involved, please let us know!

The Access to Information and Privacy Law Online Symposium has another successful year!

The Access to Information and Privacy Law Online Symposium was held on October 21st, 28th and November 4th. With a strong program and active participants, it was another great symposium. Highlights included the International Update, Access to Information: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know, First Nations Information Governance and Data Sovereignty, as well as a keynote speech by Commissioner Dufresne “A vision for privacy: Right, trust and public interest” followed by a lively discussion with privacy regulators from across Canada.

If you missed the Symposium and wish to watch one or more sessions, the recordings will be available for purchase. Stay tuned and contact us for more information.

Look for another great line up next fall!

On the Advocacy Front

The Section completed a submission dealing with the Digital Charter Implementation Act (C-27), commenting on De-identification/Anonymization, Disposal, Procedural Fairness at the OPC and the Tribunal, Automated Decision-Making Systems, Transparency, and Sensitive Personal Information. We continue to monitor developments on C-27 and other privacy and access legislation.

Section Priorities for 2023

2023 will be a busy year for the Privacy and Access Law Section. Our priorities for this year are:

  • Monitoring the adoption and implementation of the Digital Charter Implementation Act;
  • Monitoring and contributing to enabling regulations and interpretive guidance for Quebec’s new private sector privacy law;
  • Reviewing developments in privacy regulations in Ontario and British Columbia;
  • Building relations with privacy regulators across Canada; and,
  • Delivering timely and engaging professional development programs.

Professional Development – Don’t miss it!

Wondering how to keep-up with ever-changing privacy law requirements, operationalize compliance, and manage privacy-related risks? Check out the upcoming “Key Updates for In-House Privacy Counsel” Law Series webinar on December 14, 2022. There is still time to register.

If you missed our past webinars in 2022, the recordings are still available for purchase:

Recent Member Articles

Want to know more about recent developments in Quebec privacy compliance? Check out the article “The Privacy Officer: Every Organization Needs One Now in Québec” by Antoine Guilmain, co-leader of the National Cybersecurity & Data Protection Group at Gowling WLG.

If you have an article you would like to submit, please contact us.

The Section also invites you to read the winning paper of our 2022 Privacy and Access Law Student Essay CompetitionPrivacy Dark Patterns: A Case for Regulatory Reform in Canada”. Congratulations to Ademola Adeyoju from the University of Saskatchewan.

Thank You

I hope you will also join me in thanking Sabrina Anzini, our Past Chair, for her tireless work last year to continue to make the Privacy and Access Section relevant to our members. Thank you, Sabrina!

Finally, let me express how honoured I am to be the in-coming Chair for 2022-2023 and have the opportunity to work with our talented Executive Committee. If you have any suggestions for the Section or would like to get involved, please get in touch with us.

Caroline Deschênes
Chair, CBA Privacy and Access Law Section