Revised Feb 17, 2018
We are committed to protecting your personal information
In this Policy we explain how we collect, use, communicate, disclose and retain your personal (“Personal Information”) and other forms of information. You’ll learn about the choices you have regarding the use and disclosure of your Personal Information, and also you how you may correct or access your Personal Information. Our Policy is consistent with the privacy and data laws of the Provinces, Territories and countries in which we do business.
This Policy applies to our website, our Gastown office, and also to any service providers collecting, using or disclosing Personal Information on behalf of Parr Business Law.
In this Policy, “Personal Information” means all recorded information about an identifiable individual with the exception of the names and business contact information of employees, volunteers, and services providers, when used for business communications. Generally, information will be about an identifiable individual where there is a serious possibility that an individual could be identified through the use of that information, alone or in combination with other available information.
If you do not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy, please do not provide any personal information to us. You can change or withdraw your consent at any time, provided there are no legal or contractual restrictions in place, and provided you give us reasonable notice.
How we collect your personal information
Information you provide to us
When you visit our website or request a service from us, we may collect Personal Information or other information related to you that you choose to provide. Except for the ways listed in this Policy, we do not use, share, sell or rent this information without your express permission, unless ordered to do so by a court of law.
When you open a client file with us, register to receive content from us, or to attend one of our events, complete any forms that may be on our website (including information when you report a problem with the site) communicate with our lawyers or staff, send us an email, or post on our blog, you are willingly providing information that could include Personal Information. This might include your mailing address, email address, phone number, and other details like gender, occupation etc.
Third Party Information Collection
Where we have obtained your consent to do so, or as otherwise permitted by law, Parr Business Law may collect your information from third parties. In certain circumstances you might also provide us with others’ Personal Information. In all cases, you agree to obtain the knowledge and consent of each individual whose Personal Information you are providing us, before you disclose such information to us.
In some circumstances, we may be required by applicable law or regulations, or by the rules of professional conduct that govern the legal profession, to use or disclose personal information without your knowledge or consent.
Cookies and HTML and Link Detectors
To help us manage the effectiveness of our eNewsletter and marketing campaigns, we may embed HTML and link detectors in all Parr Business Law emails. These detectors help us keep track of your ability to receive HTML messages, whether our emails are opened, and any links you click on within our emails. We may use this information to determine what content you find interesting.
Safeguarding your Personal Information
Parr Business Law is committed to protecting the confidentiality, confidentiality, integrity, availability and privacy of your Personal Information and we use a variety of methods to safeguard your technology, in accordance with International Standards.
However, the security of information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Parr Business Law will make every effort to protect you personal Information and to prevent unauthorized access, use or disclosure. We cannot, however, guarantee the security of data transmitted to our website. Any information you transmit is at your own risk.
Use and disclosure of your personal information
The team at Parr Business Law are subject to professional and ethical obligations, and will not disclose Personal Information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, unless the client has provided their consent.
We use or disclose your Personal Information as described below, and for any additional purposes for which we have obtained your consent. We share your Personal Information with Firm members, contractors, consultants and other parties who require such information to assist us with establishing, maintaining and managing our relationship with you.
We only collect and use customer information that is necessary:
- To provide you with legal services or deal with any queries you might have, or to carry out any obligations we owe to you under a contract;
- To meet legal requirements like complying with court orders and valid subpoenas;
- To ensure that content from our website is compatible with your device;
- To provide information to representatives and advisors to help us comply with legal, accounting or security requirements;
- To conduct, monitor and analyze our business or website operations;
- To conduct our recruiting and selection process;
- To protect the rights and safety of third parties, as well as our own;
- To prosecute and defend a court, arbitration, or similar proceeding;
- To communicate with you about your client file for informational, not promotional reasons;
- To send you informational and promotional content that you request from us. You can stop receiving our promotional emails by clicking the Unsubscribe link or following the Unsubscribing instructions included in every email; or
- As otherwise permitted by law.
Accuracy of personal information
We will use reasonable efforts to ensure that your Personal Information is kept as accurate, complete and up-to-date as possible. In order to help us maintain and ensure that your Personal Information is accurate and up to date, you must inform us, without delay, of any change in the information you provided to us.
You have a right to request access and rectification of your Personal Information by contacting us at email@example.com. In all cases we will treat requests to access information or change information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
Retention and disposal of personal information
Parr Business Law uses cloud-based programs to store client files and business records. Some of these programs may use servers located outside of Canada. You acknowledge that these programs may create some risks for the security of your Personal Information.
Your Personal Information will be made accessible only to our team members who need it in the execution of their duties in accordance wit the purposes of the uses listed above. Personal Information you provide via this website may be kept as a permanent record and will not be deleted unless requested. We may also delete information that we believe to be inaccurate or not useful in the future.
You can request that we dispose of your Personal Information. Please note that when you unsubscribe from our eNewsletter your Personal Information may not necessarily be deleted.
Public Forum Information and Third Parties
We have public forum blogs on our Site. Any information that you include in a comment on our blog may be read, collected, and used by anyone. If your Personal Information appears on our blogs and you’d like it to be removed, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are unable to remove your information, we will let you know why.
Social Media Widgets
Links to Third-Party Sites
Our website includes links to other websites, whose privacy practices may differ from those of Parr Business Law. If you submit information to any of those Sites, your Information will be governed by their privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability in respect of third party sites. Please check the privacy policies published on any third party sites which you may access through the Site before submitting Personal Information to them.
Privacy laws continue to evolve and we may change this Policy at any time at our own discretion without prior notice or liability to you or any other person. The collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information by Parr Business Law will be governed by the version of this Policy in effect at that time.