Tamara Nielsen is a member of the firm's litigation group. She practises in the areas of freedom of information and privacy law, administrative law and professional regulation law.
Tamara co-leads DLA Piper Canada’s Privacy, Data Protection and Security practice in Canada and is based in the firm’s Vancouver office. She has 17 years’ experience advising and representing clients on privacy, data protection and security and on access to information matters.
Tamara has extensive experience advising on privacy compliance issues, anti-spam law compliance, information security breaches, privacy impact assessments and has conducted numerous proactive privacy reviews and audits (including as a global team member for global clients). Tamara has developed and provided information security breach plans (both proactive and responsive), breach reports to privacy regulators, as well as privacy training. Examples of Tamara’s client work in these areas include organizations such as hotel/restaurant chains, retail financial institutions, retail clothing chains, logistics suppliers, insurance providers, medical device suppliers, minor sport associations and public utilities, as well as several educational institutions and professional regulatory bodies.
Tamara has represented numerous organizations (both private sector and public sector) before Canadian privacy regulators, including the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Alberta and the federal Office of the Information Commissioner. She has been lead counsel on numerous inquiry proceedings before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia. Tamara has represented organizations in litigation related to privacy and data protection issues before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.
Tamara also regularly advises and represents the privacy regulator in British Columbia. She has been named by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia as a qualified lawyer approved to act on its behalf in matters relating to privacy protection law, administrative law and access to information law. She has represented the OIPC on numerous judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Born in New Westminster, B.C., Tamara obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 1988. She received the Chancellor’s Entrance Scholarship and majored in both economics and business administration.
Tamara then attended the University of British Columbia where she received her Law Degree in 1990.
- Concord Premium Meats Ltd. v. Canada (Food Inspection Agency), 2020 FC 1166
- Workers’ Compensation Board, 2020 BCIPC 46
- Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd. v. BC (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2018 BCSC 444
- University of British Columbia v. Lister 2017 BCSC 41
- West Vancouver Police Department v. BC (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2016 BCSC 934
- British Columbia (Ministry of Justice) v. Maddock, 2015 BCSC 746
- Transportation Investment Corporation, 2015 BCIPC 6
- Transportation Investment Corporation, 2015 BCIPC 3
- Thompson Rivers University, 2014 BCIPC 56 (CanLii)
- Langley (Township) v. DeRaadt 2014 BCSC 650
- Law Society of BC (Re), 2013 BCIPC 28 (CanLII)
- LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1990
- B.A., Simon Fraser University, 1988
- Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation), 2017-2024 (Administrative and Public Law), 2018-2024 (Privacy and Data Security Law), 2018-2024
- Best Lawyers in Canada, Lawyer of the Year (Privacy and Data Security Law), 2020
- Martindale-Hubbell, Distinguished® Peer Review Rated
- Chambers Canada (Privacy and Data Protection), 2018-2021
- Co-author, "Invasion of Privacy in the Context of an Investigation: Does it Render Evidence Inadmissible in Canadian Civil Proceedings?" International In-house Counsel Journal, Volume 9, No. 33, Autumn, 2015
- Co-author, "Canada's New Digital Privacy Act: A Welcome Upgrade of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act", Bloomberg BNA, July, 2015.
- Republished, "Saskatchewan Employee Snooping Case: Two Privacy Wrongs Make a Right?", Risk Management in Health Care, Volume 17, No. 2, April, 2015.
- Co-chair, "Privacy Update 2021: Your essential update on critical developments in the fast-moving world of privacy law", The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, June 2021
- Speaker, "B.C. Public Bodies and Storage of Personal Information ‘Only in Canada’: Impact of the USA Cloud Act”, Launching into the New Decade, Thompson Rivers University Conference, January 2020
- Speaker, "How GDPR compares to Canadian privacy law and affects Canadian organizations," Privacy and Security in the Digital Age, Thompson Rivers University Conference, January 2019
- Speaker, Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium, Canadian Bar Association, 2017
- Speaker, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP Canadian Employment and Labour Law Conference, 2015 and 2016
- Quoted, "Canadians concerned over ‘growing risks to their reputation’ in an online world: privacy commissioner", The Lawyer's Daily, February 8, 2018 [This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.]
- Quoted, "Proposed PIPEDA regulations will raise corporate obligations", Canadian Lawyer, September 7, 2017
- Quoted, "Guidelines to Develop Whistleblowing System," Slaw, March 3, 2016.
- Quoted, "Beacon technology finding footing in Canada", The Lawyers Weekly, August, 2015.
This article originally appeared in the August 28, 2014 issue of The Lawyers Weekly, published by LexisNexis Canada Inc.
- Interviewed by Nymity for “Privacy Interviews with Experts”, July, 2015.
- Pro Bono Law of B.C. - Top Ten Fundraiser for 2009 "Advice-a-thon"; Top Fifteen Fundraiser for 2014 "Advice-a thon"
- PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) - New Westminster BC Chapter
- Fraserside Community Services Society, President (2019-2023); Board Member (2017-2023)
Memberships And Affiliations
- Governor, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, 2010-2015
- Chair, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, 2013-2015
- Founding Member and past Co-Chair, Freedom of Information & Privacy Law Subsection
- Member, B.C. Privacy Professionals Network
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