1) Rules of Conduct for Legal Professionals
Legal professionals are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct in particular Rule 2.03, which include strict duties and obligations regarding the confidentiality of the information provided by clients.
2) Communications prior to establishing a Solicitor Client Relationship
You should not send confidential information until you have had a direct discussion with a professional at Don Scott Law Office regarding the retention of Don Scott Law Office to provide legal services. Any information sent or received over the Internet is generally not secure. We cannot and do not guarantee security of any communication to or from the Web site. Don Scott Law Office does not assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the Internet. If you are not a current client and you communicate with us through the website, please be advised that we are under no obligation to keep confidential your communication nor will any such communication invoke solicitor-client privilege. Unless you have a pre-existing, documented solicitor-client relationship, you specifically agree not to communicate any confidential information to us. If you wish to provide information of a confidential or sensitive nature, you are advised to contact a lawyer directly by telephone.
4) Collection and Security of Information
Don Scott Law Office only collects personal information that is necessary to complete the scope of work that you have retained us to complete, as well as to establish your identity and contact information, and information necessary for billing and collection which may include the collection of banking and/or financial details and any information required by the professional code of conduct or by law. We have taken steps to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security regarding our office and information storage facilities to prevent loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of personal information.
5) Use & Disclosure of Information
We use and/or disclose personal information where we have express or implied consent for example to work on a matter we have been retained for or sharing your personal information with our employees, contractors, consultants and other parties who require such information to assist us with establishing, maintaining and managing our relationship with you . We may disclose information in some circumstances without consent. Examples include: a) Where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal; b) Where we believe, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group; c) Where it is necessary to establish or collect monies owing to us; d) Where the information is already in the public domain.
7) Retention of Information
Personal information collected in any form will be retained so long as it is required: a) for the purpose for which it was collected; b) to be retained by law; c) to address any issues that may arise at a later date. When your personal information is no longer required secure procedures are used to destroy, delete, erase or convert the personal information into an anonymous form.
8) Security of Information
We have taken steps to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security regarding its offices and information storage facilities to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of personal information.
9) Prohibition on Sale of Information
Under no circumstances will Don Scott Law Office sell, trade, barter or exchange for consideration any personal information it has obtained.
10) Privacy Officer