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PRIVACY POLICY
 
 
Protecting Your Privacy  

Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation offers and provides legal services and information to a wide range of clients.  We collect, use and disclose personal information as necessary to offer and provide clients and potential clients with these legal services and information and generally to fulfill our professional legal responsibilities and manage our business.  As a member of the Law Society of Ontario, we have a professional obligation to keep confidential all information we obtain within a lawyer-client relationship.  

The Information We Collect and How We Use It  

Information related to clients, potential clients and others, collected in the course of my practice  

The kinds of personal information we collect and use in relation to clients and potential clients will depend upon the information and services requested. However, subject to applicable law, it may include: 

  • name, address, e-mail address, contact details, nature of the client or potential client’s legal issue, financial, credit, billing and account information, and other incidental information relating to the services we provide; 
  • information material to your legal issue and any other information you give to us when you ask or instruct us to act for you; 
  • information about you contained in communications within Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation and between us, whether online or offline; and
  • information we may collect with your consent or as permitted or required by law.  

We use this information:

  • to assess whether we can act for you, including to avoid conflicts of interest; 
  • to offer and provide legal information and services to you; 
  • to communicate with you regarding the services you request and to respond to your requests and inquiries;
  • to administer our client time and billing databases, and issue and collect accounts;
  • to develop and use our knowledge management and precedent systems and permit us to consult, for precedent purposes, documents that we have created on your behalf and that contain personal information; ·
  • to manage and administer my business, including to avoid negligence and protect you and us against error and fraud; 
  • to fulfil our legal and professional obligations; and 
  • as permitted or required by law or for purposes for which you otherwise provide your consent.   

How We Collect Information About You
  

We typically collect personal information directly from you or through our interaction with you. However, sometimes we may obtain personal information about you from other sources.   For example, in relation to clients, in addition to personal information that you provide, we may collect personal information from:

  • a government agency or registry; 
  • a regulatory body such as a stock exchange or securities commission; and 
  • other law firms or agents who have acted for you in the past, where these parties have information relevant to the matter in which we are acting for you.   

How We Disclose and Share Your Information
 

We may disclose the personal information we collect about clients or other individuals we deal with to third parties, including:   

  • where the legal services we are providing to you require us to give your personal information to third parties; 
  • where we are required or authorized by law to do so; 
  • where we engage an expert or consultant on your behalf; 
  • where we retain another law firm or agent to act or assist us in acting on your behalf; 
  • where it is necessary to collect fees, for instance to a financial institution or collection agent;  
  • to regulatory (including self-regulatory) or governmental authorities;  
  • where you have instructed us to disclose your personal information to a third party for a designated purpose; 
  • where we reasonably believe a third party requesting your information is your agent; and 
  • where you consent or as permitted or required by law.   

Your Consent
 

We collect, use and disclose your personal information with your consent or as permitted or required by law. Your consent may be express or implied, depending on the circumstances and the sensitivity of the personal information in question. For example, in most cases, a client’s consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation may be implied by the fact that the client has engaged us to provide legal services, where the collection, use and disclosure of personal information relates to the performance of those services by us.  If you provide personal information about another person to us, we assume you have the consent of that individual to enable us to collect, use or disclose their information as described in this policy. If you choose to provide personal information to Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation, we assume that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as outlined in this privacy statement.   

If you do not consent, please do not provide your personal information or, where applicable, exercise the opt-in or opt-out options offered. Subject to legal and contractual requirements and reasonable notice, you may refuse to consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information or you may withdraw your consent to our further collection, use and disclosure of information about you, by contacting us at charlie@kuo-law.com. Note that if you withdraw your consent to certain uses of your personal information, we may no longer be able to provide certain of my services.   

There are instances where we may collect, use or disclose your personal information without your consent, for example to collect a debt you owe to us, to comply with a subpoena or court order, or to comply with the rules of court regarding the production of records.   

Security  

Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation has implemented reasonable physical, organizational and technological security measures to safeguard the personal information in our custody or control. These include safeguards to protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification. Authorized agents of Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation have access to your personal information.   

You can generally visit the Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation web site without providing any personal information. However, given that electronically submitted data is not 100% secure, we make no warranties as to the security of any such personal information that you submit, which you do at your own risk.   

Access, Correction, Inquiries and Complaints 

If you wish to request access to, or correction of, your personal information in custody or control of Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation, please make your request in writing to us. We may need to verify your identity before searching for or providing you with personal information. In some circumstances, we may not provide access to your personal information, for example if it contains the personal information of other persons, if it constitutes confidential commercial information, if it is protected by solicitor-client privilege, or if it is otherwise not properly the subject of an access request.   

Since we predominantly use personal information to provide legal services, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. Please inform us as soon as possible of any changes to your personal information.   

If you have any questions, requests or complaints about our personal information practices, please contact Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation, Suite 635, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2R2 or via e-mail at charlie@kuo-law.com.   

Changes to this Privacy Policy   

Kuo Securities Law Professional Corporation reserves the right to change this privacy policy at any time and we will take reasonable steps to advise affected individuals of any material changes, if necessary. However, you should review this privacy statement from time to time to ensure that you are aware of and accept any changes made. You may contact us to obtain a current copy of this privacy statement.   

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