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Alex  Cameron

Alex Cameron

Partner Fasken
Privacy and cybersecurity present vital challenges and opportunities for organizations globally.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2007 | British Columbia, 2000
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
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Alex Cameron is Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. Clients from all sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies, consistently turn to Alex for his recognized leading expertise in privacy, cybersecurity and related matters.

Clients work closely with Alex to achieve business objectives through the innovative use of personal information, while ensuring compliance and managing risk. From big data projects, to marketing initiatives, to workplace management, Alex helps clients to identify and implement creative solutions to all manner of privacy issues. He also assists clients in managing compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

Working closely with clients and outside security experts, Alex assists clients in managing cybersecurity risks, conducting strategic risk assessments, and implementing effective governance, risk transfer and incident response planning.

Alex has helped clients respond to a full range of data breach incidents involving millions of affected records and individuals, including some of Canada’s most high-profile breaches. Clients have looked to Alex to help effectively investigate and respond to significant matters such as:

• Cyber extortion in the context information theft, DDoS attacks and ransomware

• Large-scale ransomware attacks

• Sophisticated hacking, malware and phishing attacks

• Lost and stolen laptops, drives and paper information

• Business practice claims (e.g. alleged misuse of information for commercial purposes)

• Data breaches impacting payment cards and PCI rules

• Careless, snooping and rogue employees

• Vendor and service provider breaches

 

An accomplished litigator, Alex has acted as lead counsel in landmark cases in his areas of practice, before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in high-profile class action litigation involving cybersecurity and data breaches.

In the freedom of information field, Alex assists clients with strategic requests to obtain material information for business or legal purposes, and with resisting the disclosure of important confidential information before institutions, regulators and the courts.

A longstanding director on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada, former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Privacy and Access Law Section, and recipient of a doctoral degree in privacy law, Alex has contributed to thought leadership and the shaping of privacy and related law and policy in Canada.

In recognition of his expertise, Alex has received a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to author reports and guidance material, including , PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers, a national privacy handbook for the legal profession; Leading by Example: Key Developments in the First Seven Years of PIPEDA, a milestone privacy law report, and Metadata and Privacy: A Technical and Legal Overview.

Alex is consistently ranked in Chambers Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s top privacy and data protection lawyers. He was also named as the 2018 Toronto Privacy and Data Security Law “Lawyer of the Year”.

 

 

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Education

  • LLD, Doctor of Laws University of Ottawa
  • LLM, Law and Technology University of Ottawa
  • LLB University of British Columbia
  • BA University of British Columbia

Community involvement

  • Advisory Committee, NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals Pro Bono Privacy Initiative: The Little Grape that Could
  • Chair, UBC Law Toronto Alumni 
  • Member, St. Andrew's Society of Toronto 
  • Member, Scottish Studies Foundation
  • Director, UBC Law Alumni Association (2000-2003)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, International Association of Privacy Professionals Canada
  • Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Privacy & Access Law Section 
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) 
  • Member, The Advocates' Society 
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association 
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Contributor, DataGuidance
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