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Policy on the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
Cornerstone Law Group is a Calgary law firm. As legal professionals, we are dedicated to maintaining high standards of confidentiality with respect to the information that has been provided to us. This Policy Statement has been prepared to affirm our commitment to maintaining the privacy of our clients and others, and to inform you of our practices concerning the collection, use and disclosure of information provided to the Firm.
Our obligations as legal professionals are governed, in part, by the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern each of our professionals as members of the Law Society of Alberta. These obligations apply to all members, employees, contractors and agents who provide services in connection with our delivery of legal and other services to our clients. Other applicable laws and internal Firm policies govern the protection of personal information of members, associates and employees of the Firm.
Professional Relationship. As a general rule, all information concerning the business and affairs of a person or organization acquired (1) for the purpose of determining whether the Firm will enter into a professional relationship; or, (2) in the course of a professional relationship, shall be held in strict confidence and not revealed to anyone unless expressly or implicitly authorized by the person or organization concerned. A professional relationship develops when the Firm agrees to be retained to provide services to a particular individual or organization. In order to protect their own interests, individuals or organizations should not send confidential information to the Firm until they have had a direct discussion with a professional at the Firm regarding the retention of the Firm to provide legal services.
Despite this general rule, there are circumstances where disclosure may be justified or permitted or, where we are obliged to disclose information without consent. To illustrate, these circumstances could include:
Where the information is known to the public;
Where required by law or by order of a tribunal;
Where we believe, upon reasonable grounds, that there is an imminent risk to an identifiable person or group of death or serious bodily harm;
Where it is alleged that a member, associate or employee of the Firm is guilty of a criminal offence; civilly liable in a legal action or guilty of malpractice or misconduct;
Where it is necessary to establish or collect fees.
In such circumstances, we will not disclose more information than is required.
The firm collects only such information from individuals or organizations as is required for the purposes of providing our services to them. We do not sell, trade, barter or exchange any information obtained, especially any information obtained in the course of professional relationships.
The firm endeavours to maintain the accuracy of any information in its possession on active matters. Information contained in documents where a file has been closed, is not actively updated or maintained.
In the event of any question concerning the management of their information, clients should first address such questions to the professional responsible for the matter. In the event a satisfactory response is not forthcoming, a client should address questions to the Managing Partner of the Firm.
The Firm endeavours to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to our offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification.