Information, Data Security & Privacy

Our Information, Data Security & Privacy group helps both public and private sector clients with a range of information and data-related matters – matters involving security and privacy incident response, security and privacy policy and compliance, as well as matters involving the defence of information and data-related complaints and claims.

With increased concerns about potential liabilities, organizations have found it critical to have legal representation and advice from counsel who understands typical enterprise IT requirements and who specializes in “the law of information”. We have over 20 years of experience helping organizations secure their data and over 12 years of experience coaching organizations on security incident response and personal information loss and theft. In acting for our clients, we have been successful in recovering stolen information – and in providing expert representation in defence of regulatory charges, complaints and class action claims.

We acted for the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers as intervenors in Supreme Court of Canada proceedings in R v. Cole. This 2012 decision is the leading case on employee privacy and employer access to business system information.


When data security, privacy and other information-related issues arise, we take a business-minded approach to help our clients with solutions that are both effective and operationally feasible. We provide assistance with the following:

  • data security and privacy incidents – management and response
  • security and privacy policy and compliance
  • information management and governance
  • freedom of information requests and appeals
  • CASL (anti-spam) compliance
  • Internet-related harms

We also provide forceful and effective advocacy of client positions in privacy and access to information matters before privacy tribunals and the courts.

The Hicks Morley Advantage

We are expert advocates for management – and represent their interests in all that we do. This sole focus has allowed us to gain intimate and extensive knowledge of management issues and concerns – and we take a practical, business-minded approach to our advice and representation.