BLG PC understand the importance of protecting the personal information of its clients and website users. BLG PC is committed to collecting, using and disclosing your personal information responsibly. Our privacy protocols comply with privacy legislation, standards of our regulatory body, the Law Society of Ontario.
BLG PC collects, uses and discloses personal information to provide you with the service you have requested. BLG PC only uses your personal information for the original purposes it was given. In certain circumstances, the purposes for which information is collected may be clear, and consent may be implied, such as where your name, address and payment information are provided as part of the process. Providing us with your personal information is always your choice. However, your decision not to provide certain information may limit or prohibit our ability to provide you with our services.
Our site uses “cookies” and other tracking technologies. Cookies enable us to serve secure pages to our users without asking them to sign in repeatedly. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. If a user’s system is idle for a defined time, the cookie will expire, forcing the user to sign in again to continue their session. This prevents unauthorised access to the user’s information while they are away from their computer.
You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but please note that if you choose to erase or block your cookies, you will need to re-enter your original user ID and password to gain access to certain parts of the Site.
Third-Party Cookies: In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertisers may place or recognise a unique “cookie” on your browser.
How We Use Your Information
BLG PC may share your personal information as discussed below for storage, retention or transactional legal and administrative work, but BLG PC will not sell it to advertisers or other unaffiliated third parties. BLG PC uses certain trusted third parties (for example, providers of customer support and IT services) for the business purposes of helping us provide, and protect our Services. These third parties will access your information to perform tasks on our behalf for the handling of your information per our instructions. BLG PC may disclose information to third parties in special cases where BLG PC has reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our terms and conditions of use (disputing financial fees to financial and credit companies, or posting untruthful negative reviews) or may be causing injury or interference with our rights, property, our clients or anyone who could be harmed by such activities.
BLG PC may also use your non-identifying personal information such as region, gender, interests, goals, habits, etc. for BLG PC’s marketing purposes.
BLG PC may permit certain trusted third parties to track usage, analyse data such as the source address that a page request is coming from, your IP address or domain name, the date and time of the page request, the referring Web site (if any) and other parameters in the URL. This is collected in order to better understand our Web site usage, and enhance the performance of services to maintain and operate the Site and certain features on the Site. BLG PC may use third parties to host the Site; operate various features available on the Site; send emails; analyse data; provide search results and links and assist in fulfilling your orders.
BLG PC uses non-identifying and aggregate information to better design the website and for business and administrative purposes.
How We Protect Your Information
BLG PC is committed to protecting the information we receive from you. BLG PC has a team dedicated to keeping your information secure and testing for vulnerabilities. BLG PC continues to work on features to keep your information safe in addition to things like two-factor authentication and encryption of files. To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, BLG PC maintains appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information and data stored in our system. While no computer system is completely secure, BLG PC believes the measures we have implemented reduce the likelihood of security problems to a level appropriate to the type of data involved.
BLG PC has taken steps to prevent the potential for unauthorized copying of electronic data, computer viruses which may destroy electronic information and hardware, hackers gaining access to lawyers’ electronic files, power failures and electronic storms resulting in damage to hardware or electronic information, theft of vast amounts of electronic information stored in stolen hardware inclusive of back-up and disaster recovery management, and obsolescence. Although no system can guarantee protection BLG PC has taken reasonable steps in this regard.
In accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Ontario, BLG PC must retain file records (both physical and electronic, including but not limited to copies of documents, application packages as well as accounting and administrative records) for up to ten years regardless of client instructions.
Storage and Use of Electronic Data:
You acknowledge that there are risks associated with any form of electronic communication and storage. BLG PC has taken a number of steps as set out to minimize the potential for data leaks.
- Email Communications
We will frequently communicate with you by email. It is up to you to provide us with an email address you consider sufficiently secure to receive confidential and/or privileged communications from us. If this is a personal matter, we recommend that you avoid using your work email address, which is likely the property of your employer and may be accessible by other people.
Our emails to you will include confidential and/or privileged information. By forwarding our emails to other people, you may be at risk of waiving privilege or disclosing confidential information. Copying other people on emails you send us may also waive privilege or disclose confidential information. Waivers of privilege and disclosure of confidential information to others could hurt your case or harm your interests. Please take care in how you use the information you send us and receive from us by email.
- Text/message-based communications
If you choose to communicate with us by text messages or messaging apps, it may be hard to keep your information private and secure. You should take care to ensure that your messages to us, and any replies from us, are accessible only by you.
Children’s Privacy and Parental Controls
BLG PC does not solicit any personal information from children. If you are not 18 or older, you are not authorised to request our services or use our website. Parents should be aware that there are parental control tools available online that can be used to prevent children from submitting information online without parental permission or from accessing material that is harmful to minors.
Disclaimer to Security
I am aware of and consent to the retention, maintenance, and storage of my information and records relating to my matter in the following forms and locations: Paper (in office and/or storage files); electronic (e.g., computer, handheld devices for email, fax, and via the Internet using cloud storage and third-party cloud computing providers that may change from time to time; or other like mediums. BLG PC will endeavor to take all steps necessary to preserve and maintain the confidentiality of all my information and records as set out above, however, I recognize and agree that such information and records are subject to unauthorized access outside the control of BLG PC, and agree to hold BLG PC harmless from any non-lawyer caused breaches of confidentiality of my information and records. I am aware I can ask for additional information at any time regarding BLG PC’s ongoing steps, procedures and policies in place that may vary as required from time to time. I am aware of and consent to the retention, maintenance, and storage of my information and records relating to my matter.
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