Ariane Siegel obtained her law degree and LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She speaks English and French. Ariane was a law clerk to the Office of the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court and constitutional counsel to the Attorney General of Ontario. Ariane has obtained experience in both the public and privacy sector. She served as Director of Legal and Regulatory for what was once Canada’s voice of telecommunications business customers-the Canadian Business Telecommunications Association. The CBTA helped establish the introduction of competition in Canadian telecommunications. Ariane has spent over 13 years working at two of Canada’s top law firms. In 2004, Ariane was seconded as assistant general counsel to help launch Virgin Mobile Canada , Canada’s first mobile virtual network operator. Ariane has had the privilege of working on some of the most novel business and regulatory issues facing Canada’s legal environment:
• The launch of wireless service providers
• The launch of e-readers, novel mobile devices and services
• The establishment of e-commerce based ventures
• Advice on mobile payments issues
• Advice on social networking
• Advice on behavioural advertising
• Investigation of privacy breaches
• Privacy impact assessments for global retailers, car manufacturers and real estate industry organizations
• Negotiations of global cloud computing and outsourcing agreements
• Advice to retailers on privacy
• Advice on and establishment of electronic health records and related outsourcing agreements
• Advice on RFID and geolocation matters
Ariane practises in the areas of communications law and regulation, privacy and e-commerce. She has extensive experience advising clients on a variety of communications and e-commerce matters, including IT contracts, telecom management and network infrastructure issues, as well as applications and interventions before the CRTC. She has a particular interest in new media and the legal and regulatory concerns associated with the delivery of services over the Internet.
A leader in the area of data protection and privacy, Ariane counsels private sector organizations on compliance with Canada’s privacy legislation, including financial institutions, marketing agencies, retailers, wireless service providers and the entertainment industry. Ariane previously served on the Information Technology Association of Canada’s privacy review committee and works closely with the American Bar Association Cyberspace Law Committee. She participated in government policy discussions on amendments to the Telecommunications Act and World Trade Organization negotiations on telecommunications and e-commerce.
Ariane served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Privacy and Data Security Subcommittee. She is currently co-chair of the ABA subcommittee on data security and cloud computing. In 2012, Ariane co-authored Internet Law for the Business Lawyer. She is a regular presenter on communications law and privacy at various industry seminars, including those for the Canadian Bar Association, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Conference Board of Canada. She also lectures and presents to various universities and organizations on related industry topics.