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Karen Zimmer

Karen Zimmer

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Karen R. Zimmer leads Alexander Holburn’s Defamation + Publication Risk Management and Information + Privacy Practice Groups. Karen advises public and private organizations on their statutory privacy obligations, including with respect to freedom of information requests, privacy policies and privacy impact assessments, complaints to and inquiries before the privacy commissioners, and judicial reviews of same. She is also experienced in defending privacy class actions as well as providing breach coaching, including working with global teams where the breach involves multiple jurisdictions. Karen is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada™ 2023 for work in privacy and data security law.

Karen has extensive experience in providing both reputation risk management and defense work to a variety of clients, including media clients, health authorities, school boards, universities and colleges, municipalities, and various other professions. She is also retained to effectively pursue remedies when one’s reputation has been harmed. She frequently appears in both levels of court in British Columbia, as well as occasionally in other jurisdictions, including the Yukon.

She is often asked to speak on defamation and privacy law, and was a speaker at the 2022 Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia course on Defamation, Privacy, and Media Law, on the topics of SLAPP applications, and libel, privacy and the online world, and for which she authored the paper, “Utilizing the Courts for an Online Reputational Scrub, and the Potential Emergence of a Right to Be Forgotten in Canada.”

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