Your Privacy Rights
rom January 1, 2004, all businesses engaged in commercial activities must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, which it incorporates. These obligations extend to lawyers and law firms, including Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation. The Act gives you rights concerning the privacy of your personal information. Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation is responsible for the personal information we collect and hold. To ensure this accountability, we have developed this policy, and trained our lawyers and support staff about our policies and practices.
Why Does Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation Need Personal Information?
Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation provides legal services and products to a wide range of clients. The use of personal information is often an integral part of the work we do in preparing legal documents for our clients and communicating with courts, government authorities, or other parties on behalf of our clients.
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
Personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced. If we did not collect and use your personal information we could not provide you with legal services.
How Do We Collect Your Personal Information?
We collect information only by lawful and fair means and not in an unreasonably intrusive way. Wherever possible we collect your personal information directly from you, at the start of a retainer and in the course of our representation. Sometimes we may obtain information about you from other sources: for example, your insurance company; your real estate agent in a property transaction; from a government agency or registry; your employer, if we are acting for you, at its request; your accountant.
In many cases, we shall ask you to specifically consent, if we collect, use, or disclose your personal information. Normally, we ask for your consent in writing, but in some circumstances, we may accept your oral consent. Often, your consent may be implied through your conduct with us or by the nature of the services you have retained us to provide.
Use Of Your Information
We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you, to administer our client time and billing databases and to include you in any direct marketing activities of our firm. If you tell us that you no longer wish to receive information about our services, or about new developments in the law, we will not send any further material. Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation does not disclose your personal information to any third party to enable them to market their products and services. For example, we do not provide our client mailing lists to other law firms.
Disclosure Of Your Personal Information
Updating Your Information
Since we use your personal information to provide legal services to you, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. If during the course of the retainer, any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.
Is My Personal Information Secure?
Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that your personal information is kept safe from loss, unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. Among the steps taken to protect your information are: premises security; restricted file access to personal information; deploying technological safeguards like security software and firewalls to prevent hacking or unauthorized computer access; internal password and security policies. destruction of information no longer required.
Access To Your Personal Information
You may ask for access to any personal information we hold about you. Summary information is available on request. More detailed requests which require archive or other retrieval costs may be subject to our normal professional and disbursement fees.
If Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation holds information about you and you can establish that it is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation will take reasonable steps to correct it.
Can I Be Denied Access To My Personal Information?
Your rights to access your personal information are not absolute. We may deny access, inter alia: when denial of access is required or authorized by law (for example, when a record containing personal information about you is subject to a claim of legal professional privilege by one of our clients); when information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings against you; when granting you access would have an unreasonable impact on other people’s privacy; when to do so would prejudice negotiations with you; to protect our firm’s rights and property; where the request is frivolous or vexatious. If we deny your request for access to, or refuse a request to correct information, we shall explain why. Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation does not use your Social Insurance Number as a way of identifying or organizing the information we hold upon you.
Can I Request Anonymity?
Whenever it is legal and practicable, we may offer the opportunity to deal with general inquiries without providing your name (for example, by accessing general information on our website or in informational brochures prepared by our firm). As a general rule, in order to avoid any future conflicts in representation, we need to know the identity of any party to whom we give legal advice or to whom we provide a consultation, whether or not our firm is retained to act in a particular matter. The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act requires us to confirm the identity of all new clients. It may also require us to disclose information to FINTRAC in relation to certain large cash transactions.
To help us make credit decisions about clients, prevent fraud, check the identity of new clients and prevent money-laundering, we may on occasion, request information about you from the files of consumer reporting agencies.
Communicating With Us
You should be aware that e-mail is not a 100% secure medium, and you should be aware of this when contacting us to send personal or confidential information.
Requests For Access
If you have any questions, or wish to access your personal information, please write to our Privacy Contact, Marc A. D’Heureux, at 555 Kingston Road West, 2nd Floor, Pickering Village, Ajax Ontario, L1S 6M1 If you are not satisfied with our response, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada can be reached at 112 Kent Street, Ottawa Ontario, K1A 1H3 1.800.282.1376.
If you apply to Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation for a job, we need to consider your personal information, as part of our review process. We normally retain information from candidates after a decision has been made, unless you ask us not to retain the information. If we offer you a job, which you accept, the information will be retained in accordance with our privacy procedures for employee records.
Disclaimer: Our Web site provides general information on legal and related matters and should not be relied upon as legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should retain qualified legal professionals to advise you in the context of your particular circumstances. If you would like to retain Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation to give you legal advice, please telephone, email or write to any of our lawyers, who will be pleased to discuss whether or not our firm can assist you.
Until we specifically agree to act for you on a matter, you should not provide us with any unsolicited confidential information or material. Unsolicited information and material will not be treated as confidential and will not be protected by any lawyer-client privilege.