Practical Issues Regarding CSEC/NSA Digital Surveillance for Tech Lawyers in Canada

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February 26, 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

McCarthy Tétrault LLP
66 Wellington Street West, Suite 5300
Toronto, Ontario

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The issues swirling around CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) and the NSA (the American equivalent of CSEC), driven by the Snowden disclosures, have received much press recently. This session will focus on how these developments impact IT users in Canada, including members of the TCLG and their clients. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • an overview of the law and rights of CSEC/CSIS and other government agencies (in Canada, US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand)
  • dealing with questions that clients ask
  • impacts on commercial contracts
  • the need for disclaimers
  • the need for better oversight

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm.


George S. Takach is a senior partner in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault practicing in the fields of technology law and tech company mergers and acquisitions. He just helped close the Aastra-Mitel merger, and he regularly leads large, complex tech commercial procurements.

George is the author of four books: Computer Law, second edition; The Software Business, second edition; Contracting for Computers, fourth edition; and Information Technology Agreements, 2010. Since 1990, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, where he teaches a course in Computer Law. Since its inception (and most recently in 2013), George has appeared in the LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of technology and corporate mid-market. George is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in information technology law and technology law.

George is listed in the 2013 edition (and since 2007) of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as a leading lawyer in the area of information technology; in 2013 he is again listed, with only one other lawyer in Canada, in the “star” category. Since its inception in 1997, he has been listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of technology and computer & I.T. law.


The cost for attendance is ten dollars ($10) for TCLG members and students, or twenty dollars ($20) for non-members, payable at the event. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the “Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group”.


The cost of membership for lawyers is fifty-five dollars ($55). The membership fee for students is waived; articling students and law school students may join the TCLG free of charge by indicating that they are “students” on the membership application form. Please see the online membership page for further details:


Please register before 10:00 am on February 24, 2014. Registrations will not be confirmed unless the event is fully booked. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch. Please e-mail registrations or cancellations to:


Please circulate this notice to business associates, clients, colleagues or others who may be interested in attending this event or joining the TCLG.