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MULLOWNEYS POLICY ON THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (“Privacy Policy”)

OBJECTIVE & SCOPE OF POLICY

Mullowney’s Law (“Mullowneys”) is dedicated to maintaining high standards of confidentiality with respect to the information that is provided to us. This Privacy Policy has been prepared to affirm our commitment to maintaining the privacy of our clients and others and to inform you of our practices concerning the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information (as defined below).

Our obligations as legal professionals are governed, in part, by the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct. These obligations apply to all professionals, employees, contractors and agents who provide services in connection with our delivery of legal and other services to our clients.

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Personal Information” means any information, recorded in any form, about an identified individual, or an individual whose identity may be inferred or determined from the information. This Privacy Policy does not cover any information, recorded in any form, about more than one individual where the identity of the individuals is not known and cannot be inferred from the information (“Aggregated Information”). Mullowneys retains the right to use Aggregated Information in any way that it reasonably determines is appropriate.

Using contractual or other arrangements, Mullowneys shall ensure that agents, contractors and third party service providers, who may receive Personal Information in the course of providing services to Mullowneys as part of our delivery of products and services, protect that Personal Information in a manner consistent with the principles articulated in this Privacy Policy and all applicable laws.

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP

As a general rule, all information concerning the business and affairs of a person or organization acquired (1) for the purpose of determining whether Mullowneys will enter into a professional relationship or (2) in the course of a professional relationship shall be held in strict confidence and not revealed to anyone unless expressly or implicitly authorized by the person or organization concerned. A professional relationship develops when Mullowneys agrees to be retained to provide services to a particular individual or organization. In order to protect their own interests, individuals or organizations should not send confidential information to Mullowneys until they have had a direct discussion with the firm regarding the retention of Mullowneys to provide legal services.

THE COLLECTION, USE & DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Your provision of Personal Information to Mullowneys means that you agree and consent that we may collect, use and disclose your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms, you are requested not to provide any Personal Information to Mullowneys. Unfortunately, certain services can only be offered if you provide Personal Information to Mullowneys. Consequently, if you choose not provide us with any required Personal Information, Mullowneys may not be able to offer you those services.

Mullowneys collects only such information from individuals or organizations as is required for the purposes of providing services or information to them. Mullowneys collects e-mail and mailing addresses in connection with the provision of such services and information, including preparing retainer letters, complying with “know your client” rules and opening new files/matters.

Mullowneys does not sell, trade, barter or exchange for consideration any Personal Information it has obtained. Unless permitted by law, no Personal Information is collected about an individual without first obtaining the consent of the individual to the collection, use and dissemination of that information.

Personal Information will be collected, to the extent possible, directly from the individual concerned.

Unless in the context of providing legal or other services, Mullowneys does not knowingly collect Personal Information from anyone under the age of 18, especially children under 13, and does not use such information if it discovers that it is has been provided by a minor.

Mullowneys may disclose Personal Information to organizations that perform services on behalf of the Firm. Personal Information will only be provided to such organizations if they agree to use such information solely for the purposes of providing services to Mullowneys and under the instruction of Mullowneys and, with respect to that information, to act in a manner consistent with the relevant principles articulated in this Privacy Policy.

Personal Information may also be subject to transfer to another organization in the event of a merger or change of ownership of all or part of Mullowneys. This will occur only if the parties have entered into an agreement under which the collection, use and disclosure of the information is restricted to those purposes that relate to the business transaction, including a determination whether or not to proceed with the business transaction, and is to be used by the parties to carry out and complete the business transaction.

Please note that there are circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information may be justified or permitted or where Mullowneys is obligated to disclose information without consent. Such circumstances may include:

Where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal;

  • Where Mullowneys believes, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group;
  • Where it is necessary to establish or collect monies owing to Mullowneys;
  • Where it is necessary to permit Mullowneys to pursue available remedies or limit any damages that Mullowneys may sustain;
  • Where the information is public; or
  • Where obligated or permitted to disclose information without consent, Mullowneys will not disclose more information than is required.

ACCURACY

Mullowneys endeavours to ensure that any Personal Information provided and in its possession is as accurate, current and complete as necessary for the purposes for which Mullowneys uses that information.

RETENTION

Mullowneys keeps Personal Information only as long as it is required for the reasons collected. The length of time we retain information varies, depending on the product or service and the nature of the information. This period may extend beyond the end of a person’s relationship with us but it will be only for so long as it is necessary for us to have sufficient information to respond to any issues that may arise at a later date. When your Personal Information is no longer required for Mullowneys purposes, we have procedures to destroy, delete, erase or convert it into an anonymous form.

Currently, the principal place in which Mullowneys holds Personal Information is the city of Ottawa and its nearby municipalities where off-site storage facilities may be located. Mullowneys does allow certain authorized third party providers to track and store certain information about visitors to Mullowneys web sites (namely domain names, IP addresses and page views as described below) and such information will be stored outside of Canada if the third party provider is located outside of Canada. Individuals that use and access Mullowneys web sites hereby acknowledge and agree that such information obtained by such third party providers located in countries other than Canada may be accessed by the courts, law enforcement or national security authorities of such country.

SECURITY

Mullowneys has taken steps to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its office and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of Personal Information.

Mullowneys further protects Personal Information by restricting its access to those individuals that Mullowneys has determined need to know that information in order for Mullowneys to provide its products and services.

In terms of communicating Personal Information to Mullowneys, you may wish to note that there is no method of transmitting or storing data that is completely secure. While the physical characteristics of each are different, mail, telephone calls, faxes and transmissions over the Internet are all susceptible to possible loss, misrouting, interception and misuse of the information being communicated or transmitted.

Mullowneys attempts to strike a reasonable balance between security and convenience. In communicating with clients and others, Mullowneys often requests the right to use a method of communication that is less secure than some of its less convenient (but more secure) alternatives. An example of this is e-mail. At this time, when we use e-mail, it may be sent as unencrypted plain text. We do this because Mullowneys realizes that many of our clients and others cannot readily process encrypted e-mail. This is done for their convenience but we expect that our clients and others understand that if misrouted or intercepted, unencrypted email could be read more easily than encrypted e-mail.

MULLOWNEYS WEB SITES

Mullowneys provides clients and others with general access to public web sites and restricted access to extranets. Our Web servers and authorized third party providers track general information about visitors such as their domain name, IP address and time of visit. Mullowneys Web servers also collect and aggregate information regarding which pages are being accessed as well as information volunteered by visitors through online surveys or subscriptions to electronic newsletters. This information is used internally, only in aggregate form, to better serve visitors by helping us to:

Manage our sites;

  • Diagnose any technical problems; and
  • Improve the content of our Web site.

During the course of an individual’s use of the Internet, he or she will learn of the common use of “cookies.” “Cookies” are files or pieces of information that may be stored in a computer’s hard drive when an individual visits a web site. Most Internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you do not wish to accept cookies, you can set yours to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

AMENDMENT OF MULLOWNEYS’ PRACTICES AND THIS PRIVACY POLICY

This Privacy Policy is in effect as of January 1, 2011. Mullowneys will from time to time review and revise its privacy practices and this Privacy Policy. In the event of any amendment, an appropriate notice will be posted on Mullowneys web site. Policy changes will apply to the information collected from the date of posting of the revised Privacy Policy to Mullowneys web site as well as to existing information held by Mullowneys.

QUESTIONS

In the event an individual has questions about (a) access to Personal Information; (b) the collection, use, management or disclosure of Personal Information; or (c) this Privacy Policy, that individual should contact Mullowneys.

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Mullowney’s Law, Professional Corporation

Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St #700,
Ottawa, ON
K1N 8S7
Phone: (613) 670-5736
Fax: (613) 670-5701
Email: info@mullowney.com