Protection of your personal information
Dwyer Durack Lawyers recognise your personal information important to you and we are committed to ensuring your confidence in the manner in which your personal information is handled by us.
The National Privacy Principles for the protection of personal information, as set out in the Privacy Act (Cth) 1988 are our benchmark.
The following is a summary of how we handle personal information.
Personal information means any information or an opinion about you from which your identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained.
What information do we collect?
We do not collect personal information about you unless it is necessary for providing legal services or products to you. We will, where reasonable and practicable to do so, collect that information directly from you.
The type of personal information we receive and store is:
- transaction information; and
- any specific information you provide to us, such as your name; e-mail address, address (work or home), telephone number, occupation, the company for which you work and any services, products or areas of law that interest you.
Why do we collect your personal information?
The personal information that we collect is used for:
- undertaking the transaction the subject of any instructions from you;
- providing you with articles or information on areas of law that may be of interest to you; and
- statistical purposes.
With the personal information that we collect, we hope to improve the services, products and information that we provide to you.
When and to whom do we disclose your personal information?
We will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected and any directly related purpose. We will not disclose your personal information to anyone without your consent, unless required to do so by law or that disclosure is to one our related offices for the purposes collected.
To fulfil these purposes we may provide access to our IT service providers, auditors, counsel, experts and insurers.
In relation to direct marketing, where practicable we will see your consent before we use your personal information for this purpose. You may tell us at any time you do not wish to receive any further direct marketing materials – if you do, we will stop sending you such materials.
How can you get access to and change your personal information?
You may request access to the personal information we have collected from you and obtain a more in depth explanation about how we handle your personal information by e-mailing us email@example.com or by writing to us.
If you wish to change your personal information, where it is incorrect, or wish to have your personal information deleted, please notify us as above.
Easily accessible personal information will be made available to you free of charge. Where you request details of your personal information and the information that you request is not easily accessible, we may charge a fee for the cost of accessing or retrieving that information. Note that we need not provide access to personal information to you in several types of situations, but if we deny access we will give you reasons for doing so.
Is your personal information safe with us?
We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Once your personal information is no longer needed, we take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify it.
Using e-mail and the Internet may not always be successful or secure. We cannot be held responsible for the security or confidentiality of any information sent to us by e-mail or over the Internet.
What to do if you are not satisfied with the way we handle your personal information?
If you are not satisfied with the way we handle your personal information, you have a right to complain and to have your complaint handled efficiently. We believe that in receiving your complaint, we are provided with a valuable opportunity to improve the services we deliver to you and maintain your confidence in us and in our services.
To lodge a complaint you may notify us by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org details of your complaint, or otherwise let us know of your complaint (preferably in writing). We will endeavour to investigate and advise you of the outcome of a complaint as soon as possible.
If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, you can refer the matter to the federal privacy Commissioner at:
Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner
Level 8, Piccadilly Tower
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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