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Jonathan Tam is an associate in Baker & McKenzie´s Toronto office. He advises clients on regulatory compliance, with experience in the areas of global privacy, information technology, cyberlaw, international trade and commerce, intellectual property and telecommunications. He has co-authored multiple publications focusing on accountability in the privacy context, and routinely coordinates multijurisdictional projects aimed at ensuring that clients’ global operations safely comply with applicable local requirements.

Every day companies around the world grapple with how best to protect critical business data. However, retaining personal information about an individual or employee for longer than necessary makes it more likely that the information will be subject to unauthorized or accidental access, use or disclosure. It could also violate the terms of the individual’s consent and reasonable expectations of privacy.

Baker McKenzie Partner Theo Ling and Associate Jonathan Tam recently outlined an approach on how to develop a privacy-enriched data retention policy, published in The Canadian Privacy Law Review. The piece discusses the steps organizations can take to determine and document how long to retain personal information collected across its operations.

The Government of Canada has amended the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”), which generally governs the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by private sector organizations in all Canadian provinces except for Alberta, British Columbia and Québec. Some of the amendments came into force immediately as…

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal’s (“FCA”) decision in Skechers USA Canada Inc. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency (“Skechers”) now arguably broadens the scope of what research, design and development (“R&D”) costs must be included in the value for duty of imported goods determined under the transaction…