Poirier ADR Inc. collects, uses and discloses personal information about our clients and others in the course of providing services to our clients and conducting related commercial activities. As legal professionals, we are obligated to maintain solicitor-client privilege and are governed by Rules of Professional Conduct as prescribed by the Law Societies to which we belong when we are engaged in the delivery of legal services. We are also subject to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, R.S.C. 2000, c.5, (“PIPEDA”).This Privacy Statement is prepared in accordance with current privacy principles set forth in PIPEDA and reflects our commitment to maintaining the legal and ethical standards required of us under the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Law Societies to which we belong and of the ADR Institute of Canada.
Under PIPEDA, “personal information” means information about an identifiable individual, but 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. References to “clients” in this Privacy Statement means, not only our current clients, and also former clients and prospective clients.
Collection of Personal Information
When we are retained to act on behalf of a client, we collect personal information about the client and, in some situations, about others on behalf of, and as instructed by, our client in connection with our retainer to provide services. We only collect personal information by lawful and fair means and limit our collection to that which is reasonably necessary for the purposes identified.
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:
Except in limited circumstances, we obtain consent from our clients and others to collect, use and disclose their personal information. Consent may be obtained either expressly, for stated purposes, (such as in a retainer letter,) or impliedly, when the purposes are not stated expressly but are indicated by the relevant circumstances or follow logically from other expressly stated purposes. Consent may be withdrawn or amended by contacting us, subject to any legal or contractual restrictions and upon reasonable notice to us.
Consent to our collection of certain personal information may be required in order for us to provide services to our clients. However, we will not require, as a condition of providing services, that personal information be provided which is not relevant to the provision of such services.
Poirier ADR Inc. only collects, uses or discloses personal information without consent in limited situations and where permitted by law. These include situations when:
In any situation where personal information is disclosed without consent, Poirier ADR Inc. will not disclose more information than what is required.
Use of Personal Information
Our collection, use, and disclosure of information is also governed by our duty of confidentiality to our clients and, as applicable, by solicitor-client privilege. The primary purpose for which we collect, use and disclose personal information is to provide services to our clients. Related to the provision of services, we may use personal information for the following purposes:
Disclosure of Personal Information
Our use and disclosure of information with respect to client matters is also subject to our professional obligation of confidentiality and to the requirements of solicitor-client privilege (as may be applicable in certain circumstances). Except as noted above, we only disclose personal information for purposes related to providing services to our clients. As much as possible, we seek express consent from our clients for disclosure of their personal information, otherwise, we only disclose personal information if required or authorized by law.
Security of Personal Information
Poirier ADR Inc. uses appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification of personal information. Such measures will vary depending on the sensitivity, amount, format, nature and storage of the personal information and will involve, as applicable, physical, organizational and electronic security measures, including premises security, restricted file access to personal information, technological safeguards including security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access, and password and security policies.
Poirier ADR Inc. uses email to communicate with our clients and others. These email messages are not encrypted, but sent as plain text. In transmission, unencrypted email messages are susceptible to possible loss, misrouting, interception and misuse. In engaging in this practice, we believe we are striking a balance between security and convenience as many individuals and organizations do not have the ability to process encrypted email messages.
Retention of Personal Information
Personal Information is retained by Poirier ADR Inc. only for as long as it is required for the purpose for which it was collected and in compliance with applicable legislative requirements. This may result in us holding personal information beyond the end of our relationship with an individual, such as when it may be subsequently required to respond to issues related to the purpose for which it was collected. When information is no longer required, Poirier ADR Inc. implements procedures to delete, destroy or convert it into an anonymous form.
Access to Personal Information
Poirier ADR Inc. will respond to requests for access to personal information within the time periods prescribed by PIPEDA, currently thirty (30) days of our receipt of the request. In certain circumstances, we may be unable to provide access to some or all of the personal information that we hold about an individual, such as when the personal information cannot be separated from the records of others, or is protected by professional standards relating to confidentiality or solicitor-client privilege. In particular, where Poirier ADR Inc. has collected personal information about a third party in the context of representing a client, access to such information may be refused on the basis of solicitor-client privilege. Poirier ADR Inc. will not respond to requests for access to personal information that are frivolous, vexatious or repetitious.
We do not charge to provide access, however, we may charge our standard photocopy fees if copies are requested or if the request involves significant retrieval costs. In these situations, the individual will be advised in advance of incurring such costs.
Updating and Correcting Personal Information
Poirier ADR Inc. will take appropriate steps to correct our records if we are advised that information we hold is not accurate, complete or up-to-date. Since we use personal information to provide services to our clients and communicate practice-related information to others, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. Therefore, we request that clients and others notify us of changes to the personal information held by us so we can amend our records accordingly.
If you have questions about Poirier ADR Inc.’s privacy practices or wish to access your personal information held by us, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.