Protecting the privacy of your personal information is important
to Landry McGillivray. We are committed to using personal information
responsibly and only to the extent necessary for the services that
we provide. We are committed to being open about how we handle your
personal information. This document describes our privacy policies.
EFFECTIVE DATE AND CHANGES
in effect. We reserve the right to modify the policy at any time
as may be required to comply with privacy legislation and the revised
policy will be in effect from January 1, 2004 until the date an
will post the amendments in our office and have copies available.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Personal Information is information about an identifiable individual.
Personal information includes information that relates to any personal
characteristics (e.g. gender, age, income, home address or phone
number, ethnic background, family status), health (e.g. health history,
health conditions, health services received by them) or activities
and views (e.g. religion, politics, opinions expressed by an individual,
an opinion or evaluation of an individual). Personal information
does not include such things as your business address and telephone
number which is not protected by privacy legislation.
WHO WE ARE
Landry McGillivray includes all employees and staff authorized
to collect, use or disclose personal information. We use a number
of consultants and agencies that may, in the course of their work
for us, where necessary, have limited access to personal information
we hold. These include, computer consultants, office security and
maintenance, bookkeepers and accountants, temporary workers to cover
the holidays, credit card companies, collection agencies, and website
managers. We restrict their access to any personal information we
hold as much as is reasonably possible. We also have their assurance
that they follow appropriate privacy principles.
COLLECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION: PRIMARY PURPOSES
Landry McGillivray collects, uses and discloses personal information
in order to contact you, advance your claim or transaction, bill
and collect fees and other purposes appropriate in the conduct of
your file. We may communicate this information to other lawyers
and law firms, insurance adjusters, parties to actions and transactions,
government officials. It would be rare for us to collect information
without your written, oral or implied consent, but this could occur
in an emergency or where we believe you would consent if asked and
it is impractical to obtain consent.
ABOUT CONTRACT STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND STUDENTS
For people who are contracted to do work for us (e.g. temporary
workers), our primary purpose for collecting your personal information
is to ensure we can contact you in the future (e.g for new assignments)
and for necessary work-related communication (e.g. sending our pay
cheques, year-end tax receipts). Examples of the type of personal
information we collect for those purposes include home addresses
and telephone numbers. It is rare for us to collect such information
without prior consent, but it might happen in the case of an emergency
or to investigate a possible breach of law. If you, as a contract
staff person, volunteer or student wish a letter of reference or
an evaluation, we will collect information and your work-related
performance and provide a report as authorized by you.
COLLECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION: RELATED AND SECONDARY
Like most organizations, we also collect, use and disclose information
for various additional purposes. The most common examples of our
secondary purposes are as follows:
1. To invoice individuals for services or products that were not
paid for at the time the service or product was provided, to process
credit card payments or to collect unpaid accounts either ourselves
or through a collection agency.
2. To contact you, by telephone, mail or email with respect to
an ongoing legal matter.
3. To advise clients, prospective clients and others of legislation
changes or legal developments we feel may be of interest.
4. Landry McGillivray reviews personal information for the purpose
of administration, business, planning and ensuring that we provide
high quality products and services, including assessing the performance
of our staff. In rare cases, our firm or our consultants may make
inquiries to verify that the information we have about you is accurate.
5. We retain personal information for a period of five(5) years
after the last contact to enable us to use it for subsequent transactions
or litigation on your behalf.
6. If Landry McGillivray or its assets were to be sold, the prospective
purchaser would want to conduct a “due diligence” review
of our records to ensure that it is a viable business that has been
honestly portrayed to the prospective purchaser. This due diligence
may involve some review that may include releasing personal information.
The prospective purchaser would not be allowed to remove or record
personal information and, before being provided a review of the
files and records, the prospective purchaser must provide a written
commitment to keep all personal information confidential. Only reputable
purchasers who have already agreed to purchase the practice or its
assets would be provided, at closing, complete access to personal
information. The purchaser would be required to maintain the same
principles of privacy as established under the present privacy legislation.
You can choose not to be part of some of these secondary purposes
(e.g. by declining to receive notice of special events or opportunities,
by paying for your services in advance). We do not, however, have
much choice about some of these primary or secondary purposes (e.g.
PROTECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION
We understand the importance of protecting personal information.
For that reason we have taken the following steps:
1. Employees, including temporary staff, are trained to collect,
use and disclose personal information only as necessary to fulfill
2. Paper information is either under supervision or secured in
a locked or restricted area.
3. Electronic hardware is either under supervision or secured in
a locked or restricted area at all times. In addition, passwords
are used on computers. All of our cell phones use digital signals,
which are more difficult to intercept.
4. Paper information is transmitted through sealed, addressed envelopes
or boxes by reputable companies or collected by the client who asks
for the information.
5. Electronic information is transmitted either through a direct
line or is anonymized or encrypted.
6. Verbal personal information is collected and used in such a
manner that the information is not overheard by persons other than
the client, our lawyers or support staff.
7. External consultants and agencies with access to personal information
must enter into privacy agreements with us.
RETENTION AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We need to retain personal information for some time to ensure that
we can answer any questions you might have about the services we
provided to you and for our own accountability.
You can ask us, in writing, to restrict our uses and disclosures
of personal information at any time. We will also discontinue to
use or to disclose your personal information after a written revocation
of your implied or informed consent is received, unless we have
already acted in reliance upon this consent.
We destroy paper files containing personal information by shredding.
We destroy electronic information by deleting it and when the hardware
is discarded, we ensure that information on the hard drive is destroyed.
YOU CAN LOOK AT YOUR INFORMATION
With rare exceptions, you have the right to see what personal information
we hold about you. All you have to do is ask. We can help you identify
what records we might have about you. We will also try to help you
understand any information you do not understand (e.g. short forms,
technical language, etc.). We will need to confirm your identity,
if we do not know you, before providing you with this access. We
reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for such requests.
We may ask you to put your request in writing. If we cannot give
you access, we will notify you within thirty (30) days if at all
possible and provide the reason, as best we can, as to why we cannot
give you access.
If you believe there is a mistake in the information we have about
you, you have the right to ask for it to be corrected. This applies
to factual information and not to any professional opinions we may
have formed. We may ask you to provide documentation that our files
are incorrect. Where a mistake has been made, we will make the correction
and notify anyone to whom we sent this information. If we do not
agree that a mistake has been made, we will include in our file
a brief statement from you on the point and we will forward that
statement to anyone else who received the earlier information.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?
Our Privacy Officer, Norman Hill, can be reached at : PO Box 1200,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4B8, phone number: 463-8800 and fax
number: 463-0590. He will attempt to answer any questions or concerns
you might have.
If you wish to make a formal complaint about our privacy practices
or the application of those practices, you may make it in writing
to our Privacy Officer. He will acknowledge receipt of your complaint,
ensure that it is investigated promptly and that you are provided
with a formal decision and reasons in writing.
This policy is made pursuant to the Personal Information Protection
and Electronic Documents Act. That is a complex Act and provides
some additional exceptions to the privacy principles that are too
detailed to set out here. There are some rare exceptions to the
commitments set out above.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada oversees the administration
of the privacy legislation in the private sector. The Commissioner
also acts as a kind of ombudsman for privacy disputes. The Privacy
Commissioner can be reached at:
112 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1H3
Phone (613) 995-8210/Toll Free 1-800-282-1376
Fax (613) 947-6850/TTY (613) 992-9190
Web Site www.privcom.gc.ca