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Privacy and cybersecurity law is becoming an increasingly complex and high stakes area of practice. It is imperative all professionals – and their advisors – treat data privacy and cybersecurity as a priority; not as an afterthought.

Learn on your OWN schedule in a dynamic and engaging virtual classroom.

This program is now Sold Out! Please register to join the waitlist.

With the spiraling growth of technology and new threats to information privacy, organizations must be prepared to respond to new and unexpected privacy challenges, and professionals must keep up-to-date.

Over the duration of the 5 weeks, the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law will give you access to online modules and resources. Each module includes a live webinar, recordings, resources, quizzes and exercises with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning.

You will explore the key legal and policy issues related to privacy and cybersecurity, and get a practical orientation and overview of foundational legal concepts and frameworks, across key industries and sectors. Focused on real-world exercises and case studies, you will get to respond to a data breach, conduct a privacy impact assessment (PIA), data protection impact assessment (DPIA), and a legitimate interest assessment. You will learn how to structure practical contracts to meet compliance requirements, while maintaining alternative business goals like efficient negotiating and partnership-management.

Other topics include:

  • evaluating the current Canadian legal framework for consumer privacy protection
  • identifying the key challenges for individual consumers in controlling access to, and use of, their personal information.
  • identifying key sources of law applicable to the Internet as a decentered, community-standards focused network system
  • the role of privacy policies;
  • the role of tort lawsuits for individual consumer privacy violations;
  • learning how to identify and manage risks associated with the collection, use and disclosure of business and personal information;
  • applying the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to different business practices and technologies
  • navigating data protection supervisory authorities and international data transfers, and the “right to be forgotten”
  • anticipating future directions in the evolution of data protection and information privacy law
  • assessing potential legal liability stemming from privacy and security breaches and design appropriate responses.

There will be ample opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow learners. Expect to spend approximately 5-7 hours per week on each module, including online discussions, peer feedback and exercises.

Space is limited to ensure interactivity and engagement. Register now to secure your spot!


Program Director

  • Amy ter Haar, LL.B., LL.M., Osgoode Professional Development

Advisory Board

  • Imran Ahmad, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Karen Burke, Privacy & Data Innovation Expert
  • Éloïse Gratton, Partner & National Co-Leader of the Privacy & Data Protection Practice Group, Borden, Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Lyndsay Wasser, Co-Chair, Privacy & Data Protection, McMillan LLP

Supporting Faculty

  • Catherine Beagan Flood, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Matthew Davies, Senior Underwriting Specialist, Chubb Canada
  • David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Lynn Larson, Senior Counsel, BCE Inc.
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Vance Lockton, Manager, Digital Governance, Waterfront Toronto
  • Daniel Michaluk, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Andrea Slane, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Ontario Tech University


International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Accreditation

This program has been pre-approved by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is eligible for 12 CPE credits.


Fees include attendance, electronic materials, technical support and 120day access to program archives.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University’s and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Rainchecks and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Amy ter Haar at aterhaar@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

May 31, 2021
(Modules unlock weekly - course ends June 28, 2021)

Enrollment includes 120-day access to course content


Format: Online

Fee per Delegate

$3,495 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2018-Present): $1,747.50 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals
  • In-house counsel
  • Government and regulatory counsel
  • Chief privacy officers, chief information officers and other privacy, cybersecurity and data protection professionals
  • Consultants, and advisors on IT related issues
  • IT professionals who are responsible for privacy matters

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