A Leader in privacy, cybersecurity and data governance
EXPERIENCED LEGAL COUNSEL FOR RISK MANAGEMENT
PRIVATECH’s direction is led by a top privacy consultant and lawyer with 20+ years of experience.
Fazila Moosa, B.A.Sc. (EE), J.D., CIPP/C, CIPM
Senior Counsel and Lead Consultant
Fazila Moosa, Founder of PRIVATECH, is a privacy and cybersecurity lawyer, consultant and trainer. She has a unique blend of legal, IT consulting and data governance experience, and services both the public and private sectors.
Driven by her passion to assist organizations create privacy conscious environments, Fazila advises businesses in North America in a range of industries on privacy and security best practices. Her clients include marketing firms, the insurance and health sectors, debt collectors, technology companies, retailers, the staffing industry, financial service providers, charities and Crown corporations. Fazila’s ability to lead engaging privacy strategic discussions and training sessions is highly commended by PRIVATECH’s clients. By conducting detailed privacy assessments and gap analyses; developing strong data protection policies and procedures; and raising privacy awareness, Fazila has assisted many organizations reduce the risk of a privacy breach.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Fazila worked with the United Nations in New York and various consulting firms, including Right Management Consultants and GSA Consulting Group Inc. Fazila designed data flow models and customized data security procedures for clients.
Fazila’s legal experience began in the Information Technology Group at the law firm of Gowling Lafleur, Henderson LLP. She also worked for a short time with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) in 2000 before founding PRIVATECH, as the Office prepared for the coming into force of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c.5. Fazila continues to work with policy advisors and legal counsel in the Federal and Ontario governments, providing direction on the implementation of initiatives with privacy implications.
Fazila also has in-depth experience advising organizations on compliance with health privacy laws in North America, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) as well as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California privacy laws (CCPA and CPRA). She has been recognized by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner as a ‘Privacy by Design’ Ambassador since 2011 and acted as a Senior Advisor with the Business Advisory Secretariat at the OPCC on a part-time basis in 2019.
Fazila is a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph on the design and delivery of information management, privacy and access programs. Fazila holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2001, is a Certified Information and Privacy Professional in Canada as well as a Certified Information Privacy Manager with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Fazila is also an Official Training Partner of the IAPP, preparing individuals to achieve their CIPP/C and CIPM designations, as well as a Certified CSX (Cybersecurity) Professional with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Fazila has been an active member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy Section Executive, and serves on the Board of Directors for Newcomer Women's Services Toronto.