Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

We are committed to maintaining the confidentiality, security and accuracy of your personal information. This Privacy Policy has been put in place to help you understand how we collect, use and disclose personal information.

1. Definition of Personal Information

“Personal information” means any information about an identifiable individual, but does not include the name, title, business address or business telephone of an employee of an organization.

2. Consent

By using our website, you consent to the contents of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, or to our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, you may not use our website. We will imply your consent to collect, use and/or disclose your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy if you provide personal information to us through our website.

We may use or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required by applicable law, regulation, or by the rules of professional conduct governing the legal profession.

You may change or withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice, by contacting our Privacy Officer (contact information below).

3. Personal Information We Collect

It is our policy to collect only as much personal information as is needed to fulfill the purposes described below.

In the course of our business, we may collect the following through our website:

a. Names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of people who contact us;

b. The content of all emails sent to us by identifiable individuals; and

c. Information about our clients’ banks, outside advisors, financial situation, family situation, property, health, criminal record, business plans, and personal goals and plans.

If any personal information is held by third parties (e.g. Internet Services Providers) we will attempt to ensure such information has been collected in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

4. Purposes for Collecting Personal Information

In general, we collect personal information to help us manage our business. More specifically, we collect personal information:

a. As required to help us advance our clients’ legal matters;

b. To enable us to contact individuals who are interested in our services;

c. As required to aid our business development and management; and

d. As required to fulfill all legal requirements, including the requirement by the Law Society of Upper Canada to identify our clients.

5. Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

We will use and/or disclose your personal information only as described in this Privacy Policy, or for other purposes for which we will obtain your express consent prior to such use and/or disclosure.

We may disclose your personal information to our employees, consultants, contractors and other third parties who require your personal information to assist us in maintaining our relationship with you or in order to provide you with any services you engage us to provide.

We will keep your personal information for a maximum of the greater of: (1) ten years after we collect it; or (2) as long as required by applicable law. After the expiration of that period we will destroy, erase or make anonymous your personal information.

6. Accuracy and Safeguards

We will strive to keep your personal information as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is required to fulfill the purposes stated in this Privacy Policy.

We will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification.

Unfortunately, no data transmitted over the Internet is ever 100% secure. As a result, we do not warrant your personal information will be protected against loss, misuse, interception or alteration and we not accept any liability for personal information submitted to us via the Internet. Further, we are not liable for any third parties’ use or misuse of your personal information.

7. Transparency

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, your personal information or how we collect, use or disclose your personal information, we invite you to contact our Privacy Officer (listed below).

Our Privacy Officer can answer your questions and help you understand what of your personal information we collect, use or disclose. If you have concerns about the accuracy or completeness or your personal information, our Privacy Officer can work with you to correct your personal information.

There may be times when we are either required or permitted to not provide you with information about our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information. In those cases, we will provide you with an explanation for our refusal.

8. Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. We do not assume any responsibility for the privacy practices, policies or actions of the third parties that operate those websites.

9. Our Privacy Officer

For more information about: (a) this Privacy Policy; (b) how we collect, use or disclose your information; (c) how to verify or challenge the accuracy of your personal information; or (d) to change or withdraw your consent under the Privacy Policy, please contact us as follows:

Steven Dykstra
426 Gowland Crescent
Milton, Ontario
L9T 4E4
steve@stevendykstralaw.ca
416-818-3285

10. Privacy Policy Revisions

We may change our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will post any revised version of this Privacy Policy on our website. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be effective from the time they are posted.