Over the past year, organizations and individuals across Canada pivoted and adapted to the impacts of COVID-19, moving into the online world to better serve their clients and customers.

Moving operations online continues to bring many promising opportunities, but this transition also presents significant legal risks that organizations should consider on an ongoing basis.

Now that organizations and individuals have settled into doing business online, it is a great time for them to review and ensure they've taken the necessary steps to mitigate legal risks associated with operating online. We have assisted a number of clients to manage these risks and will be providing a series of blog posts and tools over the coming weeks to help more organizations and individuals to navigate the challenges.

This series will highlight some key legal risks and tools to mitigate those online risks in the following areas:

  • Websites and Apps: Privacy Policies and Terms of Use
  • E-Commerce Systems and Electronic Contracting
  • Legal Requirements for Apps
  • Online Marketing: Contests, Social Media and Anti-Spam Laws
  • Protecting Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity Compliance Programs
  • Branding and Protecting Intellectual Property
  • Using Videoconferencing Platforms
  • New Technologies and Service Providers: Development Agreements and Tips
  • Professionals and Online Services
  • Remote Working Arrangements with Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Domain Names and Disputes
  • Record Retention and Electronic Evidence

Although these are only some of the key legal topics that you should be aware of in operating online, this area is evolving rapidly and we will add topics as legal considerations change. If there is a topic you'd love to hear about, please let us know.

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Originally Published by MLT Aikins, February 2021

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