By submitting your Personal Information to our firm, you signify your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy and as permitted or required by law. Subject to legal and contractual requirements, you may refuse or withdraw your consent to our use of your Personal Information at any time by contacting our Privacy Officer. If you refuse or withdraw your consent, to our collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information in this manner, we may be unable to provide or to continue to provide our professional services.
Use and Collection of Your Personal Information
Hunter Liberatore collects, uses and discloses Personal Information about our clients and service providers for the following purposes:
- to provide legal advice, perform legal services, and fulfill legal duties;
- to establish and manage our client relationships, including considering whether to establish such a relationship;
- to comply with our professional obligations, including the rules regarding client identification and verification;
- administrative, management and business purposes, including issuing invoices, administering accounts, collecting and processing payments;
- to develop, enhance, market, sell or otherwise provide Hunter Liberatore products and services;
- to distribute our legal newsletters, event invitations, updates and other communications to individuals on our mail and e-mail lists compliant with CASL;
- to contact and communicate with clients and other individuals for the purpose of evaluating client service and satisfaction;
- to develop and manage our internal knowledge-management precedent systems and databases;
- for audit and record keeping purposes;
- as authorized or required by legal or regulatory requirements;
- for any other purpose to which you consent.
Disclosure of Your Personal Information
Hunter Liberatore may disclose your personal information to:
- where we retain service providers including IT security (Sysoft.ca) and practice management software (Clio) to maintain our information systems. All such service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements;
- where we retain and third party in connection with a matter we are advising on such as experts, document management services, e-discovery services or other services as discussed with you.
- where necessary to establish or collect fees;
- to our insurers and to regulatory agencies such as provincial law societies, insurers or others in connection with regulatory or other activities relating to the obligations of Hunter Liberatore and its practice of the profession of law; and
- any third party or parties (including adverse parties and their counsel, experts, witnesses, service providers) where you consent to such disclosure or where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Storing and Securing Your Personal Information
Your Personal Information is stored in secured locations. We protect the confidentiality of your Personal Information by applying appropriate administrative and technological safeguards to our physical and electronic files. We limit access to our physical and electronic files to those individuals who need access in the performance of their employment and professional duties. All our lawyers and staff are provided with training on maintaining the confidentiality and protection of the Personal Information provided to us.
To the extent that Hunter Liberatore employs third-party service providers to store, handle or process Personal Information on our behalf, we ensure, through our contacts with them, that all Personal Information is kept secure. We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems.
Privacy on Our Website
When an individual accesses the Hunter Liberatore website, 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 website from which the visitor came, date and duration of the visit, number of visits, average time spent on our website, pages viewed and number of cookies accumulated. A cookie is a small data file and unique identification number that identifies the visitor’s browser, but not necessarily the visitor, to our computers each time our website is visited. Unless a visitor specifically informs us, we will not know who the individual visitors are.
Access and Correction of Personal Information
You may request access to your personal information by contacting our Privacy Officer, in writing, at the address identified below.
Contacting Our Privacy Officer
Hunter Liberatore Law LLP
2 Pardee Avenue, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M6K 3H5