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GDPR-Style Fines under the Proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act in Canada: Advice from Across the Pond on the GDPR Experience

April 22, 2021

11:00 AM ET // 5:00 PM CET





The federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry last fall introduced Bill C-11 “An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts” (the “Act”).  In addition to the new right of data portability and the right to be forgotten, the Act has taken the lead from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR) in introducing financially enormous penalties. In this two-part session, John Beardwood (Fasken LLP; ITechLaw Past President) will first review the proposed penalty scheme under the Act, followed by German guest speaker Kai Westerwelle (Bird & Bird LLP) who will then draw upon his extensive knowledge and experience of 2+ years of GDPR in order to review the factors contributing to the application of these fines in EU, evaluate trends regarding these fines, and provide tips for the avoidance of fines under the Act based on the EU experience.  This unique and timely session is not to be missed.



John Beardwood, Fasken LLP, Canada

John is a senior partner at Fasken LLP, Past-Chair of the firm’s Technology practice group, and Co-Founder of both the Privacy and Information and Outsourcing practice groups. His practice is focused on technology, outsourcing and procurement, and privacy law matters. John is Past President of ITechLaw, and an active member for more than 20 years; and is ranked by:

Who’s Who Legal -Information Technology 2021 as one of only four “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in North America, for his technology, outsourcing and procurement, and privacy law practice

Who’s Who Legal – Privacy & Protection 2021 as one of only four “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in North America, for his practice in access to information, privacy law, and implementation of compliance programs; and

Who’s Who Legal Canada 2020 – Data as one of the Top Six “Most Highly Regarded” leading figures in Canada for his work in assisting clients in complex data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and IT matters








Kai Westerwelle, Bird & Bird LLP, United States

Dr. Kai Westerwelle is recognized as a leading IT and privacy lawyer, based in San Francisco.

As a German Certified Specialist Attorney in Information Technology Law with more than 25 years of experience, Kai focuses on German, European, and international privacy. He is the author of numerous publications, speaks regularly at international conferences, and lectures privacy at universities in Germany and the USA. He heads the DATA-group of the German American Business Association (California), is a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Privacy + Security Forum (Washington D.C.), and of the Executive Board of the Association of Corporate Growth Silicon Valley.