This Policy sets out the practices of Chernos Flaherty Svonkin LLP (CFS) and its affiliates (including CFS Management Co. Ltd.) regarding the personal information that we collect, use and disclose.
Personal information is any information about or that can be used to identify you as an individual. Ordinarily it will not include most information that might appear on a business card or information that is available in public records. It does not include corporate information such as your business address or business telephone.
When collecting, using and disclosing your personal information we follow these principles:
We collect and use personal information:
By providing us with your personal information, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of that information as described in this Policy. The form of the consent that we will seek may vary depending upon the circumstances and the type of information, and includes express oral or written consent, implied consent and opt-out consent. We will consider the sensitivity of the information and the individual’s reasonable expectations in determining how consent must be given.
You may refuse to give personal information and may, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice, withdraw consent at any time to the continued use and disclosure of personal information previously collected. The period of reasonable notice will vary depending on the nature of the information and its purpose to CFS. CFS will inform you of the implications of refusing or withdrawing consent, which may have legal consequences or preclude CFS from providing legal or other services.
If you provide us with the personal information of another individual, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to do so, including where applicable that you have obtained the necessary consent of the other person for us to collect, use and/or disclose their personal information.
If you send personal information through our Site, we will use it to assess website use and traffic, and to respond to your feedback, questions and comments.
We may distribute legal and other publications to people on our mailing lists, who can elect to receive materials on one or more subject matters. We may distribute such materials by e-mail and other forms of commercial electronic messages. At any time, you may change your preferences or unsubscribe from our mailing lists.
We disclose personal information only as described in this Policy, with your consent, or as otherwise permitted or required by law. We have a professional obligation to maintain the confidentiality of information that we receive within a lawyer–client relationship. To provide legal services, we may sometimes disclose our clients’ personal information to CFS’ affiliates and to third parties, including foreign agents and government or regulatory agencies. We may disclose personal information:
CFS will retain information, including personal information, for as long as it is needed for the purposes for which it was collected. CFS may also be subject to legislative requirements regarding the retention of certain types of information.
We use the standard safeguards of the legal profession to protect the security of personal information in our possession, including physical, organizational and technological measures.
You can ask to view your personal information by writing to our Privacy Officer, whose address is at the end of this Policy. You can request that corrections be made where you can show that the information we possess is inaccurate. Please note that under certain circumstances, you may not be permitted access for example, where the disclosure of your records would cause security, legal or confidentiality concerns.
Certain other information may be collected on the Site through various technologies, described below, without your actively providing the information. Our website is hosted on servers shared with an Internet service provider (ISP). Any personal information collected on our behalf by the ISP, such as server log data (see below), is managed in accordance with this Policy and is protected by applicable law. Certain information about Internet users’ traffic patterns is passively and automatically collected and linked to users’ Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses. These unique IP addresses are assigned to all Web users by their ISPs, and are automatically logged by Internet servers. While the IP address itself does not identify an individual, it may, in appropriate circumstances such as an investigation of a security breach, be used with the cooperation of the ISP to locate and identify an individual using the website. In the normal course of establishing and maintaining Internet connections, our servers automatically log information about visits to our website. Server logs record statistical information, such as a visitor’s IP address and type of operating system, the time and duration of visit and Web pages requested. The server logs also identify categories of visitors by items such as domain and browser type. These statistics are reported in aggregate form to us and are used to improve our website and ensure that it provides the optimal online experience for visitors.
We may amend this Policy at any time. We will post the Policy as amended on our website and will take reasonable steps to inform you of any amendments. We will obtain the necessary consents required under applicable privacy laws if we seek to collect, use or disclose your personal information for purposes other than those to which consent has been obtained unless otherwise required or permitted by law.
Please contact CFS' Privacy Compliance Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns you have about this Policy or CFS' handling of your personal information. We will investigate and respond to your concerns.
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