Technological progress has never been more rapid, complex or innovative. Legal counsel and business leaders face the ever-growing challenge of not only staying up to date with the latest technological developments, but also navigating the legal implications associated with their adoption. Understanding and navigating emerging technologies is now important for all businesses – even if an organization is not developing technology, it is certainly procuring or otherwise relying on it.
Legal Guide to Emerging Technologies serves as a one-stop shop for legal counsel and business leaders as they navigate the growing involvement of emerging technologies. It provides an overview of six emerging technologies that are poised to drive many changes in the upcoming years:
- Biometric Data
- Autonomous Vehicles
- The Internet of Things
- Generative Artificial Intelligence
- The Metaverse
- Blockchain and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
Legal Guide to Emerging Technologies covers the various legal implications associated with these six emerging technologies, outlines the legal framework in Canada as well as in select foreign jurisdictions, and provides best practices for legal counsel when dealing with these new technologies.
Who Should Read This Book
- Legal advisors, such as privacy and access lawyers, technology lawyers, in-house counsel, public sector counsel and legal researchers who need assistance with researching and advising on these emerging technologies
- Regulators, law enforcement personnel and policy makers, including judicial personnel and judges who require a summary of the evolving area of these emerging technologies
- Corporations and business professionals, such as risk and compliance managers, technology consultants, corporate investigators and privacy officers who need guidance on complying with these emerging technologies
- Professors, law students and law libraries who require a teaching aid or reference work covering these emerging technologies
Imran Ahmad, LL.B., D.E.S.S. (Common Law), LL.M. is a partner and chair of the Technology and Innovation group at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy and technology law. He has an active technology practice. He advises on licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as on other commercial matters with respect to carrying on business over the internet, the cloud and the digital environment.
As part of his cybersecurity practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He advises on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security, and data breach incident preparedness and response. In addition, Imran acts as “breach counsel” in the event of a cybersecurity incident, such as a data or privacy breach. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation.
In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance. Imran is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches cybersecurity and privacy law. He is also the former chair of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section. He is also the author of Canada's first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management, 2nd Edition (LexisNexis Canada Inc., March 2021). Prior to his call to the bar, Imran was a political advisor to Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret'd), Senator, and clerked for Justice Edmond P. Blanchard at the Federal Court of Canada and Competition Tribunal in Ottawa.
Shreya Gupta, J.D., H.B.A., is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. Shreya focuses on technology, privacy, cybersecurity and information governance matters. Shreya advises clients entering into transactions with technological components, including outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS, technology licensing and transfer, and electronic commerce. Her cybersecurity practice focuses on assisting clients in preparing for and responding to data and privacy breaches. Shreya holds an Honours in Business Administration from Ivey Business School (Western University).