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    As pandemic speeds up digitization, data-focused law firm INQ plans expansion

    (from left) INQ Law managing partners Carole Piovesan and Mary Jane Dykeman, and INQ IQ managing partner Samara Starkman, pictured in Toronto in February 2021.
    (From left) INQ Law managing partners Carole Piovesan and Mary Jane Dykeman, and INQ IQ managing partner Samara Starkman, pictured in Toronto in February 2021. Cole Burston/The Logic
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a rush of new technology as businesses and governments contend with a stay-at-home economy. In that digital push—and with the private and public sectors increasingly valuing both data and privacy—Toronto-based boutique law firm INQ sees opportunity. 

    On Wednesday, INQ is announcing the launch of a new consulting arm to provide strategic advice to companies, non-profits and government agencies, and the addition of a former top provincial privacy regulator as a partner in the law firm. “Businesses have been collecting data and not doing anything with it,” said Samara Starkman, managing partner of the new venture, called INQ IQ. The firms hope to help clients contend with the quickly changing rules that govern their use of that information, and manage the privacy and security of their digital operations.

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