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Theo Ling heads Baker McKenzie's Canadian Information Technology/Communications practice and is a member of the Firm's Global IP/Technology Practice Group, and Technology, Media & Telecoms and Financial Institutions Industry Groups. Theo is ranked by several legal directories, including Chambers Canada, where he is described as "a knowledgeable technology lawyer, with a practical, 'can-do' attitude who is excellent at getting things done."Named by the Financial Times as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in North America, Theo founded the legal industry's first global legal innovation lab focused on multidisciplinary collaboration and serves on the Firm's Global Innovation Committee.

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation this year to regulate social media companies, with a focus on online hate and harassment. After nine months of study and deliberations, the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression has settled on a series of principles and recommendations that are aimed at influencing legislation.

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation this year to regulate social media companies, with a focus on online hate and harassment. After nine months of study and deliberations, the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression has settled on a series of principles and recommendations that are aimed at influencing legislation.

In November 2020, Canada introduced new federal privacy legislation that, if adopted, will create one of the strictest data protection regimes in the world, accompanied by some of the most severe financial penalties, rivalling the standards in Europe and California. Companies with a connection to Canada will need to build the new federal law, and applicable provincial laws, into their global compliance strategy.

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.

On 12 June 2020, the government of Quebec introduced Bill 64, “An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information” (Bill). The Bill proposes to modernize the existing framework applicable to the protection of personal information by amending various public, and private sector Quebec laws, to align closer with the requirements under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Act respecting the protection of personal information in the privacy sector, which is Quebec’s private sector privacy law, is one of the laws that will be significantly impacted by Bill 64.