This Privacy Notice explains how Funks Law Office (“we”, “us”, or “our”) processes users’ personal information—i.e., information that identifies or can identify our website visitors, clients, prospective clients, and partners (“you” or “your”).
As legal professionals, rules of professional conduct impose duties and obligations regarding the confidentiality of the information provided to us by our clients. In addition to and supplementing our confidentiality obligations, this Privacy Notice also explains how we collect, use, or disclose your personal information generated in the course of your interaction with us with us.
This Privacy Notice applies when when you visit, interact with or use our website located at www.funkslawoffice.com or when you visit any of our offices and/or interact with any of our legal counsel, or attend any of our events. We take your privacy seriously and we will not abuse your trust by disclosing, exporting, or dealing with your personal information in a manner that is contrary to this Privacy Notice.
This Privacy Notice does not apply to job applicants or to employees and non-employees, whose personal information is subject to different privacy notices which are provided to such individuals in the context of their application, employment, or working relationship with us.
By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Notice and as permitted by relevant laws, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Also, when you provide your personal information in the course of interacting with us, you agree and consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Notice. If you do not agree with these terms, do not provide any personal information to us. If you provide us with personal information of another individual or entity, you represent that you have all necessary authority to disclose that information to us.
Consent may be given in different ways: expressly by signing a document, agreeing through electronic means or verbally, or impliedly by providing the personal information voluntarily. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at email@example.com. However, revocation of your consent may prevent us from providing our services to you.
3. THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The personal information we collect fall into three main categories:
a. personal information automatically collected when you use our website (e.g., web logs, unique identification numbers (such as IP address), browser information (e.g. pages visited, date/time of access), website traffic and pages viewed, and other information about how you interacted with our website;
b. personal information you provide to us directly when you contact us, sign up for initial consultation on our website or in person, provide feedback to us, etc. The types of personal information we collect may include your contact information (such as your name, email addresses, and telephone numbers); transactional data (such as billing address and financial details); and information regarding your particular legal situation (such as information about family members, adverse parties, witnesses, investigators, etc);
c. personal information obtained from third party sources, such as your legal representative, publicly available databases, and other relevant sources where we can obtain information necessary to establish or manage our relationship with you.
4. HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will retain your personal information for the duration of our engagement with you or longer if required for tax, accounting, regulatory, or legal purposes.
5. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may use the personal information collected from you :
• to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, including, for instance, those requiring us to perform conflict of interests checks before taking on any engagement;
• to establish your identity, contract with you, establish and manage client relationship, avoid conflict of interests, and erect barriers to certain information;
• to engage or deal with external counsel or opposing parties (where necessary);
• to solicit your feedback regarding our services or the delivery of our services;
• to improve the accuracy of our records so that we can better understand our clients’ needs and preferences, understand and respond to legal matters brought to us, and conduct legal research and evaluations;
• to permit us or our clients to pursue available remedies or limit any damages that we or our clients may sustain;
• to enable, enhance, and protect the functionalities and security of our website;
• to meet legal requirements, including complying with court orders, valid discovery requests, valid subpoenas, and other appropriate legal mechanisms; and
• to fulfil other purposes disclosed at the time you provide personal information to which you consent or which we are legally permitted or are required to collect.
6. PERSONAL INFORMATION SHARING WITH THIRD PARTIES
Funks Law Office discloses personal information only to its staff and contractors that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Funks Law Office’s behalf; and (ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others. Funks Law Office will not rent or sell your personal information to anyone.
Funks Law Office may also disclose your personal information in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Funks Law Office believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Funks Law Office, third parties or the public at large.
We may also share your personal information with any other third parties where you consent to such disclosure or where we are permitted or required by law to disclose such information.
7. RIGHT TO REQUEST ACCESS TO/RECTIFICATION/DELETION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Upon written request, we will inform you of the existence of and grant you access to your personal information. You also have the right to correct or update your personal information with us in the event that you believe that such information is not accurate. To access or update your information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the right to ask us to delete your personal information. Where we have reasons to refuse your deletion request, we we will inform you of this in writing, and clearly explain any recourse you may have, including the option of filing a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner.
8. COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
Cookies and similar technologies (e.g., pixels tags and device identifiers) are used by Funks Law Office and our affiliates to recognize you and/or your device(s).
i. Withdraw Your Cookies Consent at Any Time
ii. How to Manage and Delete Your Cookies
9. SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
To avoid the loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction of your personal Information, we have established—and maintain—appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to: (a) ensure the security and confidentiality of your personal information; (b) protect against any reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such personal information; (c) protect against unauthorized access to or use of such Personal Information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to you, and (d) ensure the proper disposal of such personal information.
Notwithstanding the above measures, we cannot completely guarantee the security of any information you transmit via the internet, and we encourage you to employ due diligence and care when providing your personal information to us via our website.
Unless we are formally representing you, no lawyer-client, fiduciary or other relationship is created by accessing or otherwise using our website or by communicating with any of our lawyers by e-mail, telephone or any other means. Unsolicited communications from non-clients do not establish a lawyer-client relationship, and may not be privileged.
10. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY NOTICE
This Privacy Notice is effective as of 29 September 2022, and will so remain except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will become effective immediately after being posted on this website/page.
We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Notice at any time and you should check this page periodically. Your continued engagement with us or use of our website after we post any modifications to the Privacy Notice will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Notice. Please be assured that we will not use any previously collected personal information, to the extent that it is not collected under the new privacy notice, in a manner materially different than represented at the time it was collected.
11. CONTACT US
If you believe your personal information has been used in a way that is not consistent with this Privacy Notice or if you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or our data protection practices, please contact us at email@example.com. We will respond within 30 days. Where necessary, we may request a time extension from you in order to provide a fuller response.