100 King St W, Suite 1600, 1 First Cdn Pl, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2010
Chris Oates is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner practising in the Advertising & Product Regulatory Group, particularly focusing on privacy and e-commerce issues. His practice includes advising clients on privacy and consumer protection law, including drafting and reviewing privacy policies and advising on privacy in the context of financial institutions, social media, consumer marketing campaigns, e-commerce, and Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL). Chris advises organizations on the collection, use, and disclosure of consumer information, including credit reporting, risk management, and behavioural advertising and tracking. His experience includes reviewing the adoption of new website analytics tools and tracking programs, and the attendant privacy obligations, as well as reviewing and revising data transfer and processing agreements. Chris also advises on all matters pertaining to direct-to-consumer marketing, including advertising, packaging, and labelling review; contest design and review; advertising in social media; drafting and reviewing talent, media, and sponsorship agreements; and regulatory law pertaining to foods, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and drug products. Among other recognitions, Chris was named an Acritas Star in 2019 and 2020.