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Made in Canada GDPR or PIPEDA Redux? An Overview of What’s New and What’s Not in the proposed new Federal Privacy Legislation

December 3, 2020




Canada just introduced as 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”, which will effectively replace PIPEDA. This presentation seeks to provide a high-level overview of the proposed Act, with a focus on what’s new and what’s not, and what’s GDPR and what’s simply PIPEDA redux.


John Beardwood, Fasken LLP, Canada

John is a senior partner who Chairs the firm’s Technology practice group and was Co-Founder of the Outsourcing practice group. His practice is focused on technology, outsourcing and procurement, and privacy law matters.

John works closely with clients in advising on and negotiating various technology-related transactions, including outsourcing/procurement, licensing, implementation, distribution, technology transfer, strategic alliance, and e-commerce related transactions, including in the health care, financial/insurance institution, and public sector contexts. John often advises clients on privacy law and access to information matters and has been developing and implementing privacy compliance programs for more than twenty years.

John is regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal- The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the ten “most highly regarded individuals” globally; and is also listed as one of only five “Thought Leaders” in TMT- North America.  He is listed in Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for Information Technology, as “ very effective, efficient and remarkably accessible” and “a great lawyer”, and in Chambers (Canada) as “very polished and has tremendous amount of experience.” John receives rave reviews as 'a go-to expert in Canada for privacy and IT law' from The Legal 500.