PRIVACY & LEGAL
We recognize the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal information.
We collect, use and disclose personal information about our clients and others in the course of providing legal services to our clients and conducting related commercial activities.
We are obligated to maintain solicitor-client privilege and are governed by the Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, as may be amended from time to time. We are also subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, R.S.C. 2000, c.5 (“PIPEDA”). This Privacy Statement is prepared in accordance PIPEDA and the Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.
Under PIPEDA, “personal information” means information about an identifiable individual. It does not apply to the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. It also does not include business information.
Collection of Personal Information
We collect personal information about our clients and, in some situations, about others on behalf of, and as instructed by, our client in connection with our retainer to provide legal services. We only collect personal information by legitimate, reasonable and fair means and we limit our collection to that which is reasonably necessary for the purposes related to the provision of our legal services and related commercial activities.
In some situations, we collect email and mailing addresses from individuals who have expressed an interest in receiving our publications, newsletters and other communications.
As much as possible, we collect personal information about clients and other individuals directly from those parties or through referrals by persons whom such parties have requested to provide us with such information. In some situations, we collect information from other sources including, but not limited solely to: government agencies, public registries, financial institutions, insurance companies, credit bureaus and other third parties that represent that they have the right to disclose such personal information.
In most cases, we shall ask you to specifically consent, if we collect, use, or disclose your personal information. We assume that you have consented to our reasonable collection and use of personal information consistent with the purposes for which the information was given, when you initiate contact with us or voluntarily provide personal information to us. We also assume that clients who retain us consent to the reasonable collection, use and disclosure of their personal information by us and our agents for purposes of our provision of legal services and conducting related commercial activities.
Use of Your Information
We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you. In addition, from time to time we may use your personal information to communicate with you promote our legal services, as well as providing you with information on legal developments and general information on areas of law which we believe may be of interest to you and your business. If you notify us at any time that you no longer wish to receive information about our services, new developments in the law, or any other commercial communications, we will not send any further material.
Ay no time shall we disclose your personal information to any third party to enable them to market their products and services.
Disclosure of your Personal Information
We may disclose your personal information:
when we are required by law to do so;
when you have consented to the disclosure;
where it is necessary to collect fees and disbursements owed to us; and
if we engage a third party to provide services to us (like file storage, accounting or online invoicing) related to your account and/or the provision of our legal services.
Security of Personal Information
We use appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification of personal information. Such measures will vary depending on the personal information. We require that third party service providers to whom personal information may be transferred provide a level of security for such personal information that meets standards established by us.
We use email to communicate with our clients and others. These email messages are not encrypted or secure. If you are concerned about sending confidential or sensitive information to us, or our transmission or storage of your confidential or sensitive information, please contact us to discuss more secure options.
Retention of Personal Information
We retain personal information as long as required by law and according to the Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, as well as best practice standards in the legal industry. This may result in us holding personal information beyond the end of our relationship with an individual.
Access to Your Personal Information
You may ask for access to any of your personal information which we may store. A summary of information is available on request. Detailed requests may be subject to professional fees and disbursement costs.
We may deny access to your request for your personal information where:
such a denial is required or authorized by law;
such information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings against you;
when granting you access to such information would have an unreasonable impact on another person’s privacy; and
to protect our rights and property.
We will not respond to requests for access to personal information which we deem to be frivolous, vexatious or repetitious.
Updating and Correcting Personal Information
In the event that we are retained to provide legal services to you, it is important that we have accurate information about you. If any of your information changes, or if you discover or suspect that any of our information about you is inaccurate, please inform us immediately.
To help us prevent fraud, money-laundering, check the identity of new clients and make decisions on the credit of clients, we may request information about you from the files of consumer reporting agencies.
Communicating with Us
You should be aware that e-mail is not a fully secure medium, and you should be aware of this when contacting us to send personal or confidential information.
Our website may contain links to other sites, which are not governed by this privacy statement. Like many other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimize our web service. We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but this does not include any identifiable personal information.
Requests for Access
If you have any questions, please contact us. 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 and the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner can be reached at 503 - 1801 Hamilton Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 4B4, 306-787-8350 | 1-877-748-2298 (within Saskatchewan).
This notice governs your use of our website and any materials, information or feeds provided on or by them (collectively, the “Web Site”).
All content of the Web Site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.
Nothing contained on the Web Site creates a solicitor-client relationship between you and Burgess Law Professional Corporation. You are not our client and we are not your lawyer because of your visit to the Web Site or by your contacting us.
We are licensed to practice law in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada only.
The quality, timeliness, accuracy or completeness of any information on the Web Site, as well as its operation, is provided "as is" basis, without representation, warranty or condition of any kind. All liability in respect of such information is disclaimed.
Do not rely on any information contained on the Web Site or apply it to your situation without first consulting a lawyer qualified to practice law in your jurisdiction.
Any reference or links on the Web Site to any third party or third party material are for convenience only and is not an express or implied endorsement by Burgess Law Professional Corporation.