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 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), and 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.