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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 and transform your career.

Designed and developed by industry and legal experts, the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy and Cybersecurity

will give lawyers and privacy/cybersecurity professionals the critical knowledge and skills to stay ahead of the complicated and porous scheme of legal privacy protections governing online and offline individual information in Canada.

Over the course of 5 weeks, you will have access to online modules with course content that includes recordings, resources and exercises. A live 1-hour webinar will run each week featuring the Program Director and guest speakers.

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 3-5 hours per week on each module, including online discussions, peer feedback and exercises.

Now – more than ever before you need to build credentials on your own terms, and build core skills. Space is limited to ensure interactivity and engagement. Register now to secure your spot!


Program Director

  • Amy ter Haar, Osgoode Professional Development


Fees include attendance and program materials.

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

Module 1
February 24, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Module 2 
March 3, 2021
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Module 3
March 10, 2021
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Module 4 
March 17, 2021
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Module 5
March 24, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


Live - Online, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$2,995 + HST

Government Rate: $2,495 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $1,500 + 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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