Sara A. Levine, Q.C.

Sara A. Levine, Q.C.
Sara A. Levine, Q.C.
Administrative & Government, Health, Privacy

Sara A. Levine QC focuses on privacy, freedom of information and health law in her Vancouver practice.

Ms. Levine graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and theatre before earning her law degree from Queen’s University in 1996. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998 and the British Columbia Bar in 2005.

Focusing on privacy, freedom of information and health law, Ms. Levine serves clients in the business, regulatory, non-profit, education and health sectors.

In her privacy practice, Ms. Levine handles privacy compliance assessments, compliance program development and implementation, strategic advice during privacy breaches, as well as drafting and negotiating information-sharing and information-protection agreements.

Her freedom of information work includes acting for applicants and public bodies in making or responding to access to information requests, as well as drafting and negotiating data linkage and information-sharing agreements, plans, policies and procedures.

In her health law practice, Ms. Levine works with research entities on data sharing and data-protection agreements, ethical issues and privacy compliance. She advises professional associations on health policy issues and strategy, assisting with consultations and commenting on legislation and policy development.

Outside of her legal work, Ms. Levine is committed to public education around privacy and freedom of information issues. She has created two public education websites about privacy rights, co-authored a reference work on privacy law and policy, and has presented to various groups interested in privacy rights and obligations in British Columbia.

In addition, Ms. Levine was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014, serves on the boards of several voluntary organizations, and speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on privacy issues. 

Sara A. Levine, Q.C. In The News
Federal privacy law means businesses must pay attention: Levine

Businesses must be proactive in not only training their employees but in setting the tone from the board of directors on down about the importance of privacy law compliance, Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Boards must take privacy breach response seriously: Levine

Ignorance is no longer an excuse for boards when it comes to privacy breaches, Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Doctors need consent to treat you, share medical info: Levine

When it comes to health care, patients should know there are two distinctly different types of consent, says Vancouver privacy and health law lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Digital privacy legislation looms: Levine

Digital companies should expect fresh regulatory legislation as the fallout continues from a recent scandal involving personal data being harvested from a social media platform, Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Facebook data breach shows need for greater accountability

The massive privacy breach of Facebook users’ data and the ensuing outcry from governments and the public, illustrates the need for greater accountability from social media providers and a recognition of their immense influence, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

The importance of privacy rights in the workplace

In a world where cameras and other forms of surveillance are “pervasive,” workplace monitoring must strike a balance between the privacy rights of employees and the interests of employers, Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine tells AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Fresh privacy guidance for B.C. doctors overdue

Fresh guidance for physicians on the privacy and security of patient records is long overdue, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Public should weigh in on workplace surveillance tool laws

The increasing trend toward legislation that would mandate the use of continuous surveillance tools as a safety precaution in private sector organizations would benefit from a broad, public discussion, Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Leadership in an information age

Business and government organizations can only be true leaders in an information age when they take time to consider the human impact of all their policies around privacy and the use of data, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Canada's sensitive data on the table at NAFTA talks: Levine

Canada risks losing control of the sensitive personal data of its citizens if pending free trade negotiations end restrictions on the flow and storage of information, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine . Read more

Corporate boards and a person-centred approach to privacy ethics

Corporate boards can begin the process of ensuring a company operates with a person-centred approach to privacy ethics by looking at its mission, vision and values statements, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Privacy and ethics in an algorithmic age

It’s critical for businesses and public organizations to adopt a person-centred privacy model that reflects an ethical approach to using data, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Fintech companies and regulatory requirements around privacy

Financial technology companies need to incorporate ethical and privacy principles into the earliest stages of product development   to avoid costly regulatory problems down the road, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine . Read more

Health organizations and legal responsibilities around video surveillance

Health organizations need to be aware of their legal responsibilities around the collection of video surveillance and audio, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine . Read more

Employers need to protect themselves with social media policies for staff

As people’s personal and professional worlds increasingly blend on social media, employers are well advised to create comprehensive policies to protect themselves from reputational damage and legal jeopardy, says Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine . Read more

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