Since January 1, 2004, all Canadian organizations have been required to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
As a paralegal firm, we have professional and ethical obligations to keep confidential information we receive in the context of a paralegal-client relationship.
PIPEDA is defined as information about an individual however it does not include the name, title, business address or telephone number.
Consent to Our Collection of Personal Information
As a general rule, we obtain your consent to collect, use and disclose your personal information usually when you retain our firm, we assume that we have your implied consent to collect and use your personal information.
Use of Personal Information at Berdan Paralegal Services
We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you, to issue invoices and to maintain our database of clients.
Withdrawal of Consent
You may withdraw your consent to our collection and use of your personal information at any time, subject to legal and or contractual restrictions and upon reasonable notice. Your withdrawal of consent to our collection, use and disclose of your personal information may have an effect on our ability to represent you and provide you with legal advice.
Accuracy of Your Information
It is important that the information that we have on file be accurate and up to date. During the course of the retainer if any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make the necessary changes.
Berdan Paralegal Services uses various safeguards to ensure that your personal information is protected against loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying or alteration. These include: security of our physical premises; our professional obligations; security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access.
Access to your Personal Information
You have a right to challenge the accuracy and completeness of your personal information and to have it amended. You also have a right to request access to our personal information and receive an accounting of how that information has been used and disclosed, subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law.
If you have any questions about this Policy or the handling of your personal information, if you wish to withdraw your consent for your personal information, or to request access to or update any information we have on file, please contact the paralegal with whom you are dealing.