Alex Cameron practises civil litigation with a focus on privacy, freedom of information and access to information, corporate/commercial disputes and software and internet litigation. He has acted as lead counsel in several landmark privacy cases, including Jones v Tsige, 2012 ONCA 32 and Ontario (Finance) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2012 ONCA 125. He has acted as lead counsel before trial and appellate level courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, administrative tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration.
In the privacy field, Alex assists clients in privacy compliance and in identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and information security. He has experience advising on a wide range of privacy matters, including: data breaches and breach notification, the application of Canadian privacy law to companies based outside of Canada, privacy policies and procedures, social media, privacy aspects of outsourcing, records management, investigations, surveillance and litigation, responding to requests for access to personal information, and the privacy aspects of marketing activities, including email marketing. Alex works with clients from a wide range of industry sectors where privacy issues arise, including in the financial, insurance, retail, web/technology and health sectors. He assists clients in responding to complaints and investigations by privacy regulators.
In the freedom of information and access to information field, Alex assists clients in making strategic access to information requests under municipal, provincial and federal access to information laws (e.g. MFIPPA, FIPPA, and ATIA). Using these requests, he assists clients in obtaining valuable information, including information about competitors, government policy making and procurement, and information that may assist in a dispute or potential dispute with government institutions or other parties. In addition, Alex assists clients in resisting disclosure of sensitive business information in circumstances where such information is the subject of a request under freedom of information laws, including information submitted for regulatory approvals, as part of a mandatory reporting obligation, or in a bid responding to a request for proposal (RFP). Alex also provides freedom of information legal support and assistance to select institutions subject to freedom of information law.
Alex is the immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Privacy & Access Law Section. He has played a leading role in a number of CBA submissions to government, including in relation to access to information and privacy laws and anti-spam legislation. Alex is also co-author of Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery, an accessible guide to e-discovery published by LexisNexis in 2010.
Alex has received prestigious retainers from both of Canada’s national privacy and access to information regulators: the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC). He is on retainer to the OIC in respect of requests under the federal Privacy Act. Alex’s retainers for the OPC include authoring drafts a privacy handbook for the legal profession, titled PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers, and a milestone privacy law report titled Leading by Example: Key Developments in the First Seven Years of PIPEDA.
In 2012, Alex obtained his doctorate in field of privacy and intellectual property law at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology. Alex has regularly published papers, taught upper year and graduate law courses and delivered presentations at conferences in his areas of practice. Select examples of Alex's recent Representative Experience, Presentations, and Publications are listed below.
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals Pro Bono Privacy Initiative: The Little Grape that Could
- UBC Law Toronto Alumni
- Guest Instructor, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2006)
- Director, UBC Law Alumni Association (2000-2003)
- Former Supervising Lawyer, UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program
- Former Vice President, Board of Directors, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society
- Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
- Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Privacy & Access Law Section
- Advisory Board, The Osgoode Certificate in eDiscovery, Records Management, Information Governance and Privacy
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
- Member, Ontario Bar Association/The Advocates' Society, E-Discovery Implementation Committee
- Member, St. Andrew's Society of Toronto
- Member, Scottish Studies Foundation
- Member, The Advocates' Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association