John Salloum

John Salloum

Partner, Privacy and Data Management

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6492



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2006


York University (Osgoode Hall Law School), J.D.

McGill University, B.A.



John is a member of the Marketing & Distribution and Privacy & Data Management practice groups. John has a thorough understanding of the technology underlying social media promotional programs. He has advised clients extensively on these campaigns, speaking in Canada, the United States and abroad on program design and implementation, as well as on strategies to mitigate risk. He reviews advertising and promotional materials across all media, with an emphasis on Internet-based and mobile media, including compliance issues relating to misleading advertising, contests, games, sweepstakes and consumer-protection issues.

John also advises regularly on the management and retention of personal information, best practices and the management of data security breaches, and regulatory compliance under privacy legislation.

  • Nasdaq

    Nasdaq in its acquisition of Metrio

  • iNovia Capital

    iNovia Capital in connection with’s US$120 million Series B financing round

  • BBH Capital Partners

    BBH Capital Partners in its $120 million investment in Synex Group insurance

  • TopBuild

    TopBuild in its $1 billion acquisition of Distribution International

  • Canada’s Big 6 “D-SIB Banks”

    Canada’s Big 6 “D-SIB Banks” in connection with the Canadian Emergency Business Account program initiated by Export Development Canada on behalf of Canada

  • Accel

    Accel in 1Password's US$200 million Series A financing round

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  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Advertising and Marketing and Privacy & Data Protection (Nationwide - Canada)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Advertising & Marketing Law
  • Who's Who Legal: Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: International - Data - Data Privacy and Protection; Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Data
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Advertising and Marketing Law; Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out Lawyer"

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Ontario

  • Co-Presenter, “A Conversation:  Regulations, Compliance & Privacy,” Data Marketing 2015 Conference, Toronto, November 19, 2015.
  • Co-Presenter, “CASL Enforcement:  Strategies for Building a Due Diligence Defence,” AccessPrivacy by Osler Training Session, Toronto, November 6, 2015.
  • Presenter, “CASL Mid-year Review: What We've Learned During the First 6 Months,” 21st Annual Advertising & Marketing Law Conference, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, January 26-27, 2015.
  • Presenter, “CASL Workshop – Installation of Computer Programs,” AccessPrivacy by Osler Training Session, Toronto, September 19, 2014.
  • Presenter, “User Generated Content,” IAB Canada X-Series: Legal, Toronto, November 12, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Anti-Spam Compliance,” Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario’s 23rd Annual Conference, Collingwood, Ontario, May 10, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Do Insurance and Social Media Make a Good Mix?” 2013 Compliance and Consumer Complaints Annual Conference, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, Vancouver, B.C., May 9, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Social Media - Risks and Opportunities of Embracing and Ignoring,” Portfolio Managers Association, May 1, 2013.
  • Presenter, “A Complete Guide to Running Promotions on Facebook & Twitter,” Managing Legal Risks in Running Online Contests, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, June 21-22, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Online Advertising Guidelines,” The 2012 Information Technology Law Spring Forum, Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can) and Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, June 18, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Social Media and Privacy Law in Practice: Meshing Compliance Obligations with Business Reality,” Privacy Law & Compliance, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, September 21, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Social Media Privacy Issues,” The Information Technology Law Spring Forum, Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can), Toronto, June 6, 2011.
  • Presenter, “The Internet of Things,” IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2011, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Toronto, May 6, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Successfully Implementing Your Social Media Agenda,” Advanced Forum on Managing Legal and Business Risks in Social Media, Canadian Institute, Toronto, April 14, 2011.
  • Panellist, “New Media and the Future of Advertising (Social Media, Behavioral Advertising, Blogging, Astroturfing and More),” Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference, Association of National Advertisers, Washington, D.C., March 15-16, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of Advertising & Marketing Law Applied to Social Media,” 17th Annual Advertising & Marketing Law Conference, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, January 19-21, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Social Media Compliance & Risk Mitigation Strategies,” Advertising & Regulation: The Edge of Possibilities, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance International Conference, Santiago, Chile, November 26, 2010.
  • Presenter, “The Internet of Things,” PIPA Conference 2010: Getting Through the Privacy Jungle, hosted by the Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia, Calgary, AB, November 3, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Going Global: Running a Worldwide Sweepstakes Campaign that Complies with Varying Countries’ Laws,” 4th Annual Sweepstakes, Contests & Promotions, American Conference Institute, New York City, September 24, 2010.