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Understanding Québec’s Bill 64 & Answering Privacy-Related Questions
Yifan Chen & Demers
A major overhaul of Québec’s privacy regime is on the horizon with the passage of Bill 64 and these changes will have significant consequences for companies doing business in Québec or that handle the personal information of Québec residents. On September 22, 2021, the Quebec National Assembly adopted and sanctioned Bill 64, the Act to Modernize Legislative Provisions respecting the Protection of Personal Information (“Bill 64”). Bill 64 introduces sweeping reformation to Quebec’s Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector (the “Private Sector Act”). This reform will require systematic changes to important business practices, backed up by severe penalties of up to 8% of annual revenues or $50 million for repeat offenders. To help you navigate and begin preparing for the coming into force of this major reform, our speakers will look at the bill from different perspectives to help you understand the implications and your obligations surrounding Bill 64, including privacy impact assessments, breach notification requirements, incident logging and data portability. Speakers: Ellen Yifan Chen – Associate @ McCarthy Tetrault Ellen is an associate in of McCarthy Tetrault’s Business Law Group in Montréal. She is specializing in technology and privacy law within a general corporate and commercial practice. Ellen is also fluently trilingual, speaking French, English and Mandarin. Sarah-Maude Demers – Associate @ McCarthy Tetrault Sarah-Maude is an associate in McCarthy Tetrault’s Litigation Group in Montréal. Her practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, class actions, professional liability and white-collar defence. Sarah-Maude has developed an expertise in the field of white-collar defence, representing a major client in one of the most high-profile insider trading cases in Canada.
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