Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy
Shibley Righton LLP
Corporate, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Privacy

Peter Murphy, a partner with the Toronto office of Shibley Righton LLP, focuses on business, technology, and intellectual property law.

He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration in 1990 before earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 1993. Mr. Murphy was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.

He handles technology and commercial contracting, intellectual property licensing and anti-spam and marketing law.

Mr. Murphy assists with drafting and negotiating technology agreements, including outsourcing, licensing, hosting, e-commerce and support documents as well as contracts for industrial intellectual property related to chemical, electrical, mechanical, and nuclear technology.

He assists chartered banks, nuclear operators, universities, software companies, non-profits and health-care organizations with privacy and data protection law.

Mr. Murphy handles data breaches and privacy assessments, advises clients undergoing investigation by Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, helps them comply with privacy laws, access-to-information requests, Canada’s anti-spam legislation and other advertising, social media, and media law requirements, and drafts privacy-compliant contracts.

He is a public speaker and writer on technology law, privacy, energy, and anti-spam matters.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the Canadian IT Law Association, the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group, and the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy Law Section.

Peter Murphy Posts

Cyber security is everybody’s business

Business leaders may fail to uphold their legal responsibilities if they don't take reasonable steps to prepare their companies for cyberattacks and information security breaches, says Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy , who has acted as counsel on some of Canada’s most notorious privacy breaches. Read more

Watch out for anti-spam law when marketing on social media

Businesses should ensure their online marketing activities comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Law ( CASL ), says Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy. Read more

Is your business ready for CASL’s private right of action?

Businesses have less than seven months to get their houses in order before Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation's ( CASL ) private right of action provisions come into effect next summer, according to Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy. Read more

Business case is critical for new tech legal investments

Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy admits many law firms could benefit from new information technologies, but he doesn’t advise them to rush into projects without aligning them to the firm's objectives through a solid business case. Read more

Companies must directly notify people affected by privacy breaches: watchdog

OTTAWA – Companies that lose personal customer data should be required to directly notify affected people — with limited exceptions — about the nature and date of the lapse along with steps taken to reduce the harm, says the federal privacy watchdog. Read more

Underlying contracts help address third-party data breach risk

New causes of action for breach of privacy make data breach one of the most significant risks facing Canadian companies — but organizations may have an opportunity to manage this risk when contracting for information services with third-party vendors, Toronto privacy lawyer Peter Murphy writes in Lawyers Weekly .` Read more

SCC will have final word in Facebook privacy dispute

Canadians could face an uphill battle to enforce local privacy laws against social media companies if the Supreme Court of Canada upholds a B.C. Court of Appeal decision to halt a class action against Facebook, Toronto privacy lawyer Peter Murphy tells . Read more

Old or forgotten emails increasingly pivotal in civil, criminal cases

Long-forgotten emails are growing in importance in civil as well as criminal matters, according to Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy . Read more

Top courts threaten feds with legal action over new IT rules

OTTAWA — Newly released documents show the country's highest court is ready to launch a legal battle with the federal government over new IT rules which the Supreme Court of Canada fears would threaten its independence. Read more

Email unsubscribe functions must be CASL compliant

News that Rogers Media Inc. was fined $200,000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is a warning that companies doing business in Canada must ensure email unsubscribe mechanisms are compliant with anti-spam legislation, says Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy. Read more