Privacy & Security
The law office of Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś (“Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś” or “we”) is committed to protecting your privacy. We have established a statement of principles and guidelines concerning the protection of Personal Information of our clients, service providers and other individuals (“you”).
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 Upper Canada. These obligations apply to all professionals, employees and contractors who provide services in connection with our delivery of legal and other services to our clients.
What personal information do we collect?
For the purposes of this policy, Personal Information means information about an identifiable individual but does not include what is considered business contact information: your name, title or position, business address, telephone number, facsimile (fax) number, or e-mail address. The types of Personal Information that Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś may collect about you includes your name, home address, telephone number, personal e-mail address, billing and account information, information about a client’s legal issue and other information incidental to providing legal advice and services.
How do we use your personal information?
We use your personal information to:
- provide you with timely and reliable professional legal services and do all things necessary to administer those services;
- communicate with third parties on your behalf (such as opposing parties, parties in interest, other lawyers, witnesses, decision makers, and experts);
- bill you for our services rendered;
- develop and manage our knowledge management precedent systems and databases; and
- develop and maintain our relationship with you and to communicate with you.
To whom do we disclose your personal information?
From time to time, Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś may disclose your Personal Information to:
- service providers, such as medical, rehabilitation, and other experts, necessary to assist us with your case;
- an organization or individual retained by Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś law firm to perform functions on its behalf, such as data processing, document management and office services;
- any third party or parties, where you consent to such disclosure or where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Where do we store your personal information?
Your personal information is stored in secured locations and on servers controlled by Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś, located either at our offices or at the offices of our service providers.
How may you obtain access to your personal information?
Upon your written request, subject to certain exceptions, and generally within 30 days, Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś will inform you of the existence, use, and disclosure of your Personal Information and will give you access to that information.
How do we protect your personal information?
To help protect the confidentiality of your Personal Information, Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś employs administrative and technological safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of your personal information. For instance, we operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. In addition, where personal information is sent to a third party for processing, we make sure, through our contracts with them, that all personal information is kept secure.
Web Site Data Collection – Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś may collect pageview and clickstream data each time you access this Web site. This includes information about what pages on the Web site you have chosen to view, the type of browser you use, your operating system, the Web site you came from and the time and date you access the Web site. This information is not personally identifiable, and is only used for aggregrate Web site traffic and trend analysis.
Online Communications – In order to provide our Web site visitors with a service or information, visitors may voluntarily submit Personal Information to us for purposes such as asking a question, obtaining information, and reviewing or downloading a publication. Links – Our Web site may contain links to other Web sites which are provided as a convenience only. Visitors are advised that other third party Web sites may have different privacy policies and practices than Sharpe Beresh Gnys, and we have no responsibility for such third party Web sites.
E-mail Correspondence – Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information transmitted by way of Internet e-mail or via the Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś law firm web site and, accordingly, transmissions should not contain confidential information.
The viewing of the Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś website, in whole or in part, and the communication with a lawyer at Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś by way of Internet e-mail or via the Web site does not constitute solicitor-client privilege between Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś and any recipients.
Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś
3rd floor, 4673 Ontario Ave.
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3R1