1. Our Policy
- This policy explains how we use any information about you that you provide to us (which might identify you), or that we collect from you when you use the sites (which is unlikely to identify you). So please take the time to read it because it forms part of the terms for each site and you accept it when you use our sites.
2. Personal Information
- If you provide information to us when using the sites you are consenting to the collection and use of your personal information by us. The ways you might give us personal information might include if you:
- email us with a question; or
- post a comment on our sites.
- We collect your personal information so that we can deliver services to you, answer your questions and so you can participate in the community by posting comments on the sites. Sometimes we’ll use your personal information for administration or internal business purposes.
3. What you disclose to others
- If you voluntarily disclose personal or other information on any public part of the sites please be aware that this will become public information and can be collected and used by other parties. For example if you comment on a news item in the blog, this will be public.
- We can’t control what others do with the personal information you’ve disclosed publicly on the sites.
- If you post comments using a user name alone this might not be enough to allow others to identify you.
- If you share information via social media, including Twitter or Facebook, you will be subject to the privacy policies of those sites.
4. Web data
- When you visit our sites we, and our support services providers like web analytics services, can record certain information in relation to your visit such as:
- Your IP or proxy server IP;
- Basic domain information;
- Your Internet service provider is sometimes captured depending on the configuration of your ISP connection;
- The date and time of your visit to the website;
- The length of your session;
- The pages which you have accessed;
- The number of times you access our site within any month;
- The size of file you look at;
- The website which referred you here;
- The operating system which your computer uses.
- We only use this information for statistical and website development purposes and to improve our services to you.
5. Access to and/or changing your personal information
Our sites have reasonable security measures in place to protect the loss or misuse of, or alteration or unauthorized access to, information under our control.
7. When we have to update this policy
- Requirements around privacy are often changing and improving. As a result we’ll probably need to change this policy from time to time.
- When we do amend the policy the changes will be effective straightaway.
- We’ll publish about changes being made, but it is your responsibility to check in and make sure you keep up to date.
8. Special circumstances
Sometimes we might have an obligation to use or disclose your information in circumstance such as:
- We tell you about the intended use or disclosure and you don’t object to that use or disclosure;
- We believe that the use or disclosure is reasonably necessary to assist a law enforcement agency or an agency responsible for governmental or public security in the performance of their functions;
- When we are required by law to disclose the information.
9. Access to Information
- Our main web server is located in Canada. The information collected from you will be stored on the server in Canada.
- By voluntarily providing information to us when using the sites, you are consenting to the collection and use of your personal information by us.
- We will not sell, rent, or lease mailing lists or other user data to others, and we will not make your personal information available to any unaffiliated parties, except as follows:
- to agents, website vendors and/or contractors who may use it on our behalf or in connection with their relationship with us (for example, the webmaster who maintains the site).
- if we are unable to assist with your matter, but know an unaffiliated attorney or firm that may be able to help you, we may refer you and share information you provided us with that party; and
- as required by law, in a matter of public safety or policy, as needed in connection with the transfer of our business assets (for example, if we are acquired by another firm or if we are liquidated during bankruptcy proceedings), or if we believe in good faith that sharing the data is necessary to protect our rights or property.
- A cookie is a file containing an identifier, a string of letters and numbers that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
- We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the sites. Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. We will use the session cookies to: keep track of you whilst you navigate the website; increase website security. We will use the persistent cookies to: enable our website to recognize you when you visit; keep track of your preferences in relation to your use of our website. Cookies are used to enhance your use of the site, such as remembering that you are logged in. You are able to minimize or block cookies using the privacy settings in your internet browser, but this may restrict your use of the site. For general information on cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
- Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites including our sites.