Your privacy is important to us. Goldhart Law Professional Corporation is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, security and accuracy of your personal information.
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What is Personal Information?
Provision of Personal Information to Goldhart Law Professional Corporation
There are various interactions with Goldhart Law Professional Corporation through which you may provide us with your Personal Information including:
- Opening a client file;
- Sending an e-mail to Goldhart Law Professional Corporation to be connected with a lawyer;
- Calling Goldhart Law Professional Corporation to be connected with a lawyer;
- Registering for a client or legal information session hosted by Goldhart Law Professional Corporation; or
- Posting on a blog that is hosted by Goldhart Law Professional Corporation.
The type of Personal Information you provide depends on the nature of the interaction with the firm and often the information will not be personal in nature because it will be contact information to allow us to contact you at your place of work. However, where the information is Personal Information, we will comply with applicable privacy legislation in the collection, use and disclosure of that Personal Information.
We may also collect standard information about all users of the Site including IP addresses, time, date, referring internet sites, search data and pages visited.
You may also provide Personal Information when you open a client file or work with Goldhart Law Professional Corporation or if you register for a legal information session hosted by Goldhart Law Professional Corporation. In those situations Goldhart Law Professional Corporation will rely on either express or implied consent as is appropriate in the circumstances, to permit us to use your Personal Information.
As permitted by applicable privacy legislation, we reserve the right to use or disclose your Personal Information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required to do so by applicable law, regulation or by applicable rules of professional conduct governing the legal profession.
At any time you may advise us that you no longer consent to the use or disclosure of the Personal Information that you have provided for any or all of the identified purposes and, subject to our right to do so without your knowledge or consent or contractual obligations, we shall no longer do so.
Use of Personal Information
If you provide Goldhart Law Professional Corporation with your Personal Information we will use it for the purpose for which it was collected. If your Personal Information was provided through the Site we will use it to communicate with you, respond to your request for information, to ensure proper functioning of our Site or to review the effectiveness and usefulness of our Site.
If you provide your Personal Information in relation to a file or request for legal services we will use that Personal Information to communicate with you, provide you legal services and meet any applicable legal requirements such as service requirements.
If you provide your Personal Information in respect of a legal information session or other marketing initiative, we will use your Personal Information to communicate with you about a specific or future event or initiative that may be of interest to you or that may provide you with information relevant to your relationship with the firm.
We may also use your Personal Information for any other purpose permitted by the applicable law including:
- when we are required or authorized by law to do so, for example if a court issues a subpoena;
- when you have consented to the disclosure;
- when the legal services we are providing to you requires us give your information to third parties (for example a lender in a real estate mortgage transaction) your consent will be implied, unless you tell us otherwise;
- where it is necessary to establish or collect fees;
- if we engage expert witnesses on your behalf;
- if we retain other law firms at your request, and on your behalf; and
- if the information is Publicly Available Personal Information, as it is defined under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Site Creates no Lawyer /Client Relationship
The Site may not be used to request legal advice or to transmit any confidential information relating to the provision of legal advice.
Any information that you transmit to Goldhart Law Professional Corporation through the Site may not be secure, may not be treated as confidential and is not protected by solicitor-client privilege.
We will collect your name, address, telephone number, email address and any additional details you choose to provide to us if you complete the form located in the subscription area of our Site in order to receive newsletters or promotional material. We will use this Personal Information solely for the purposes of including your information in our database and in our mailing list in order to provide you with the requested information and to invite you to upcoming events that may be of interest to you and to respond to any specific request that you have made.
When an individual visitor accesses the Site, we may use a browser feature called a ‘cookie’ to collect information such as the type of internet browser and operating system the visitor uses, the domain name of the Site from which the visitor came, date and duration of the visit, the number of visits, the average time spent on the Site, pages viewed and number of cookies accumulated. A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that identifies the visitor’s browser, but not necessarily the visitor, to our computers each time our Site is visited. Unless a visitor specifically informs us (e.g. by registering for an event or sending us correspondence from the Site), we will not know who the individual visitors are.
Visitors can reset their browsers either to notify them when they have received a cookie or refuse to accept cookies. If you are using the Site and have not set your browser to reject cookies, you are considered to have consented to their use. If you refuse to accept cookies please note that you may have difficulty using certain features of the Site.
Other use of your information
We do not sell or disclose your Personal Information to anyone, except as required by law, to protect our rights and property or in order to fulfil the identified purposes for which we collected the personal information.
Security of Information
We use physical, administrative and electronic procedures to attempt to keep Personal Information secure. These means of protecting and maintaining the security of the Personal Information help to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and ensure the appropriate use of your Information once we have received it.
While Goldhart Law Professional Corporation takes appropriate safeguards with Personal Information, no Site or physical protection of Personal Information can be completely secure. Therefore you should not send confidential or sensitive information by the internet or by email unless you take appropriate precautions such as encryption.
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.
Can I be denied access to my Personal Information?
Your rights to access your personal information are not absolute. We may deny access in certain circumstances including when:
- it is required or authorized by law (for example, when a record containing personal information about you is protected by solicitor-client privilege);
- to do so would reveal confidential commercial information, and the personal information cannot be severed from the record;
- to do so could reasonably be expected to threaten the life or security of another individual, and the personal information cannot be severed from the record; or
- the information was generated in the course of a formal dispute resolution process.
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). 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 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 – with your consent – request information about you from the files of consumer reporting agencies.
On our website, like most other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimise our web service. We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal information.