From Panic to Practice: The Privacy Obligations of Information Technology Providers and Strategies for Effectively Addressing Them

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February 22, 2005
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Goodman and Carr LLP
200 King St. W, Suite 2300
Toronto, Ontario

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This presentation will examine some practical implications of recent regulations that govern providers of technology products and services to health information custodians in Ontario and recent changes in public sector privacy laws in British Columbia, including changes intended to address risks arising from the USA PATRIOT Act.

More particularly, this presentation will:

  • provide a brief summary of recent developments and changes in privacy law and their approaches and impact;
  • examine how technology agreements (with a focus on service agreements) need to be adapted to address these developments and changes;
  • discuss specific approaches that can be used in drafting agreements;
  • explore the types of provisions that are reasonable from the perspective of both vendor and purchaser; and
  • provide a framework within which vendors and purchasers of information technology products and services can assess their existing agreements.


Fraser Mann is a Partner of Goodman and Carr LLP with more than 20 years of experience in technology and intellectual property law. He has extensive experience preparing and negotiating outsourcing agreements, e-commerce agreements, licensing agreements, procurement agreements, telecommunications agreements and public sector/private sector strategic alliances. He also provides advice on all legal issues relating to the use of the Internet, copyright law and privacy law. Mr. Mann is the author of Computer Technology and the Law in Canada (Carswell); Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly newsletter Information & Technology Law (Carswell); and co-author of Internet Law (Carswell) and Electronic Commerce, A Practitioner’s Guide (Carswell). He is a frequent speaker at conferences on technology law. He is past Co-Chair of the Technology and E-commerce Law Committee of the International Bar Association (1999-2001), and past Chairman of the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He has been recognized by LEXPERT as one of the leading 500 lawyers in Canada.

Bonnie Freedman practices in the areas of health and privacy law at Goodman and Carr LLP. In her health law practice, Bonnie’s clients include institutional providers such as hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities and individual practitioners, professional associations, regulatory colleges, government agencies, laboratories, pharmacies and providers of information technology to the health care sector. Bonnie provides advice on regulatory compliance, health records and other information management issues, access to services, the duty of confidentiality and privacy compliance, among other matters. In her privacy practice, Bonnie assists clients in industries such as technology, consumer goods, real estate, finance, consulting, entertainment and health to interpret and implement provincial and federal public and private sector laws, including drafting policies, agreements and privacy tool-kits, addressing privacy issues that arise in commercial transactions and making or responding to requests for access to information.


Cost for lunch: $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group.

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Cancellations also accepted before noon, Friday, February 18, 2005. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch.



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