In the course of doing business, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP (“WD”) collects personal information for various reasons. WD recognizes the importance of an individual’s privacy and appreciates the sensitivity of an individual’s personal information. As lawyers, we have professional and ethical obligations to keep confidential all information we receive within a lawyer-client relationship. Moreover, from January 1, 2004, all businesses engaged in commercial activities in Canada must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) and the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information which is incorporated by reference into PIPEDA. These obligations extend to lawyers and law firms, including WD. We are committed to protecting any personal information we hold and to complying with PIPEDA.
What is Personal Information?
“Personal information” means any information about an identifiable individual, but does not include the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. Essentially, personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced, including such information as your address, age, name, gender, ID numbers, income and ethnic origin.
From time to time, WD will need to collect personal information to provide our legal services. In addition to collecting personal information directly from an individual, we may collect information about an individual from a variety of other parties in the course of providing legal services, including financial advisors, accountants, other legal advisors, consultants, government agencies or registries, parties involved in a transaction, employers, and insurance companies.
How Does WD Collect Personal Information?
WD collects information only by lawful and fair means and not in an unreasonably intrusive way. Whenever possible we collect your personal information directly from you at the start of a retainer and in the course of our representation. We may obtain information about you from sources such as the following:
- Stock exchange personal information forms
- Retainer agreements
- Direct written communication by mail, fax or email
- Searches of public records
- Verbal communication at interviews and client meetings
- Directors’ and Officers’ Questionnaires
- Information from existing or proposed agreements, contracts, records and files
Inquiries and Requests for Access
If you have any further questions or inquiries with respect to WD’s privacy practices, or wish to access your personal information, please contact the WD lawyer with whom you are dealing or our Privacy Officer in writing at:
Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
Wildeboer Dellelce Place
365 Bay Street
Attention: Privacy Officer