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Joanna Fine

Joanna Fine

Partner, Privacy and Data Management

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5685



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2006

  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • York University, M.E.S.
  • McGill University, B.A.

Joanna is a member of the Privacy and Data Management group. She advises clients on a wide range of privacy-compliance initiatives, including conducting privacy and security reviews and audits; drafting privacy policies, practices and procedures; managing privacy/security breaches; assisting with investigations by privacy regulatory authorities; and drafting outsourcing and other service-provider agreements involving transfers (including transborder flows) of personal information.

Joanna also provides privacy and consumer protection advice with respect to e-commerce and marketing initiatives (including online and mobile marketing), and compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. In addition, she advises clients on employee privacy matters and privacy issues in mergers and acquisitions.

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Ontario Bar Association, member of the Privacy Law Section Executive
  • The Law Society of Ontario
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group 

  • Speaker, “An Update on Privacy in Canada,” International Association of Privacy Professionals, Atlanta KnowledgeNet, June 23, 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2015: Privacy Law Developments,” Law Society of Upper Canada, June 10, 2015.
  • Co-Chair, “CASL One Year Later: Advice for Preventing a $1.1 Million Penalty”, Ontario Bar Association, June 5, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Update,” AccessPrivacy Advanced Training for Seasoned CPOs, November 28, 2014.
  • Moderator, “The Next CASL Frontier: Tackling Section 8 (Computer Program) Uncertainties,” Ontario Bar Association, November 19, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy Introductory CPO Training Session, October 29, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Critical Privacy Issues in Entertainment, Media and Communication Law: Navigating the Privacy Challenges of New Technology: A case study of Second Screen Technology and Interactive Media,” Ontario Bar Association, June 11, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Privacy and Anti-Spam Overview,” Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada’s X-Series: Legal, Toronto, November 12, 2013.
  • Speaker, “The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2013: Update on Privacy Law,” Law Society of Upper Canada, June 6, 2013.Co-author, Canada chapter in Rosemary P. Jay, ed., Getting the Deal Through – Data Protection & Privacy 2014 (Law Business Research Ltd., 2013).
  • Speaker, “Emerging Themes and Trends in The Canadian Privacy Arena: Anti-Spam Legislation to Security Breaches,” Women in Film & Television Toronto Executive Breakfast Series, February 20, 2013.
  • Author, “CRTC Releases First Set of Guidelines on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” Eye on Privacy, December 2012.
  •  Speaker, “Update on Background Verifications” and “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy CPO Training Session, November 9, 2012.
  • Co-author, Canada chapter in Rosemary P. Jay, ed., Getting the Deal Through – Data Protection & Privacy 2013 (Law Business Research Ltd., 2012).
  • Speaker, “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy CPO Training Session, October 12, 2012.
  • Co-author, “Anti-spam bill sends tough message to spammers,” The Lawyers Weekly, June 5, 2009.
  • Co-author, Update 2006: Recent Changes to Ontario’s Environmental Laws, OBA Annual Institute, Toronto, January 23, 2006.
  • Co-author, “CMS v. Argentina: A Harbinger of Things to Come?” International Trade Law and Regulation, Vol. 12, Issue 1 (January 2006) 36.
  • Co-author, “Contracting Issues in China – Examining Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in China,” North American Corporate Lawyer Vol. 8, No. 4 (2006) 477.