David Young is Principal at David Young Law, a privacy and regulatory law counsel practice, and has been advising clients on privacy issues since the enactment of Canada’s private sector privacy laws. David advises both private and public sector organizations on all aspects of privacy law including compliance procedures and documentation, data sharing, employee privacy, personal health information, security, consent documentation, de-identification protocols and access to information.

David also advises on marketing matters including digital advertising, anti-spam, social media and food and drug law.  His practice also includes corporate regulatory compliance.

David is a co-author of Canadian Advertising and Marketing Law, published by Thomson Reuters.

David is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Privacy and Access Law Section (2007-2008) and was Co-chair of its 2015 6th Annual Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium.  David is a member of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Ethics and Standards Committee and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). David is recognized as a leading practitioner by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is recognized as a Ranked Lawyer and Eminent Practitioner in the Advertising & Marketing and Privacy & Data Protection practice areas in the Chambers & Partners 2022 Canada Guide .

Education and Year of Call

  • Called to the Ontario Bar – 1977
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB – 1975
  • McGill University, BA (Hons.)  – 1969 
Professional Associations 

  • Canadian Bar Association – Chair, National Privacy and Access Law Section, (2007-2008)
  • Chair, National Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (2000-2002)
  • Ontario Bar Association – Past Chair, Business Law Section and Chair, Consumer Committee;
  • Ontario Bar Association – Privacy and Access to Information Law Section
  • Canadian Marketing Association – Member, Ethics and Standards Committee

  • Ranked Lawyer and Eminent Practitioner – Marketing & Data Protection practice area, Chambers & Partners 2020 Canada Guide
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011 – 2022 as a leader in Advertising & Marketing Law and Insurance Law
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011 – 2022 as a leading practitioner in Advertising and Marketing Law
  • Listed in the PLCWhich Lawyer? Yearbook 2009 as a recommended practitioner in Life Sciences, Regulatory
  • Listed in the Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, American Lawyer Media/Lexpert Publishing 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003
  • Recommended as a prominent practitioner in the PLCCross-border Life Sciences Handbook 2007/2008/2009

  • David is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Karen Spector Memorial Award for Excellence in Privacy Law.