David Elder practises communications, competition and privacy law in the Ottawa office, where he is Chair of the Communications group and a member of the Competition and Foreign Investment, Privacy & Data Protection, Government Relations, Regulatory and Public Policy practice groups. He also serves as the firm's Chief Privacy Officer. He is a highly-regarded practitioner with over 20 years' experience gained in private practice, government and corporate settings. David was formerly Vice President, Regulatory Law with Bell Canada, where he also served as Bell Privacy Ombudsman, the equivalent of Chief Privacy Officer. He has also served as Legal Counsel to the CRTC.
David has provided legal and strategic advice with respect to a wide range of broadcasting and telecommunications proceedings, including those relating to licensing, policy matters and competitive disputes. In various written, oral, expedited and dispute resolution proceedings he has advocated on behalf of clients before the CRTC, Industry Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and several Parliamentary Committees and working groups.
With respect to privacy matters, David provides privacy compliance advice to a wide range of Canadian and international businesses, including technology companies, on-line service providers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, conducting both "bricks and mortar" and online activities. He also provides advice with respect to anti-spam laws and managing data breaches.