Anne Côté: Attorney with Field Law
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  • 2500 - 10175 101 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5J 0H3
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Anne Cote is the Chair of the Firm's Privacy Practice Group. Anne maintains a practice primarily in privacy law, labour and employment law, and administrative law. Anne has advocacy experience representing clients in inquiries before the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, in labour arbitrations, in human rights and professional regulatory matters, as well as before all levels of courts in Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also serves as a legal advisor to various post-secondary institutions and other institutional clients, providing legal advice about privacy issues, institutional policy, employment issues, and administrative practice and procedure.

Anne provides ongoing advice to a range of clients to guide them through the complex landscape of privacy policies, employment policies, outsourcing agreements, legislative compliance, and records management issues. She is also currently co-Chair of the Privacy Law Section, Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association.

Published Works


Heartbleed Virus Causes Heartburn: Information Security Implications The Advisor November 2014
Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act Unconstitutional Privacy Press November 2013
Access to Information Laws: Three Reasons Why All Canadian Organizations Should Pay Attention The Advisor June 2013
Anti-Spam Legislation: Coming Soon to a Campus Near You? Field Notes January 2013
A Potpourri of Access Orders: Practical Guidance in Responding to Access Requests Privacy Press January 2012
Anti-Spam Legislation: A Work in Progress The Advisor December 2012
Privacy Breaches Can Be a One-Two Punch for Employers: Arbitrator Awards Damages for Employee Credit Checks that Breached Privacy Legislation Privacy Press December 2012
Alberta Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Privacy Breaches Privacy Press July 2012
Click With Caution: What Employers Should Know Before Conducting Social Media Background Checks on Prospective Employees Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) June 2012
Intrusion Upon Seclusion: Ontario Recognizes Tort for Invasion of Privacy - Will Alberta Follow Suit? Privacy Press January 2012
Alberta Court Declares PIPA Sections to be Unconstitutional in Picketing Matter Privacy Press October 2011
Employee Criminal Record Checks Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) June 2010
Alberta Introduces Mandatory Privacy Breach Notification Privacy Press June 2010
HIV/AIDS Reporting RxA Express July 2009
Current Workplace Issues - Video Surveillance Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
Bill 52: Amendments to Alberta's Health Information Act Privacy Pages June 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting Updater March 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting Perspectives for the Professions Winter 2009
Honda Canada v. Keays at the SCC: Rethinking Compensation for the Manner of Dismissal Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Fall 2008
Expert Witness Immunity in a Disciplinary Setting Pulse February 2007
Alberta Guidelines for the Disclosure of Harm to Patients Medico-Legal Reporter 2006
Adequate Protection for the Autonomous Research Subject? The Disclosure of Sources of Funding and Commercialism in Genetic Research Trials Manitoba Law Journal 2002
Telling the Truth? Disclosure, Therapeutic Privilege and Intersexuality in Children Health Law Journal 2000

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Education
  • Labour and Employment
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Police Services
  • Privacy
  • Internet Law
  • Administrative
  • Workplace Human Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7663  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, High Honours, 1997
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, Distinction, 2001
Year of First admission:
2002, Alberta

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Privacy Law Section (North) Co-Chair
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North) Member
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Member
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Privacy Law Section (North) Member

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Anne and are representative of Anne's experience. Covenant Health v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2014 ABQB 562 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2014; Alberta Teachers' Association v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2013 ABQB 106 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2013; Thomson v University of Alberta 2013 ABCA 391 Alberta Court of Appeal 2013; Wright v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee), 2012 ABCA 267 Alberta Court of Appeal 2012; Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2011 SCC 61 (CanLII) 2011 SCC 61 Supreme Court of Canada 2011; University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2011 ABQB 699 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner 2011 ABQB 486 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2011 ABQB 389 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Edmonton Police Commission v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2011 ABQB 291 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2011 ABQB 100 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Mitten v. College of Alberta Psychologists 2010 ABCA 159 Alberta Court of Appeal 2010

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