Pikes & Verekers is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by complying with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).
Types of Personal Information we Collect and Hold
We collect personal information that is necessary for us to provide legal services to you which may include your name, contact details, occupation, employment history, title, expertise and interests, and information concerning the matters on which a client seeks our services. We also collect sensitive information as set out below.
Collecting your Personal Information
We usually collect personal information directly from an individual when an individual communicates with us, such as when he or she:
We may also collect personal information about an individual when a client (e.g. an employer, colleague or associate of the individual) uses our services.
We may also collect personal information about individuals from third parties, such as:
We may collect sensitive information about individuals, but only where:
We track traffic patterns throughout our website.
We use "cookies" on our website. A "cookie" is a small amount of information which is transferred to the hard drive of your computer and which can identify your web browser but not you. A cookie can collect and store information, but cannot interfere with your computer.
Our internet service provider will record and advise us of your service address, domain name, the date and time of your visit to our site, the pages viewed and the information downloaded.
If you want, you can disable your web browser from accepting cookies. If you do so, you can still access our website, but not all services may be available.
Use and Disclosure of Information
We collect and use personal information for our business purposes. The main purposes for which we collect and use information are:
We may disclose personal information for the above purposes to third parties such as:
We only disclose personal information:
Pikes & Verekers Lawyers is also bound by professional obligations in respect of confidentiality.
Dealing with us Anonymously
Generally, we will require personal information from individuals in order to provide our services and to comply with legal obligations.
However, you may be able to
deal with us on an anonymous basis when you access our website or blog.
Integrity of Personal Information
We store personal information securely through computer storage and paper-based files.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that all information we collect or use is accurate, complete, up to date, protected from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification and disclosure, and accessed only by authorised personnel for permitted purposes.
We take steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to de-identify or destroy personal information that is no longer required by us for the purpose for which it was collected, held or used.
We do not use any government-related identifiers, such as Medicare numbers, driver licence numbers or TFNs as our own identifiers.
Access and Correction of Personal Information
If you wish to:
please contact us.
If we do not agree to provide access to you to your personal information or to amend or annotate the information we hold about you, you may seek a review of our decision. Please see below.
If we do not agree to make the requested changes to your personal information, you may make a statement about the requested changes and we will attach the statement to your record.
If you have a complaint about a breach of the APPs by Pikes & Verekers Lawyers in relation to your personal information, please contact us in writing, either by email or mail - see the relevant details in the Contact Us section below.
Complaints will be reviewed by us and a response will usually be provided within 30 days of receipt of the complaint by us.
Telephone: (02) 9262 6188
Fax: (02) 9262 6175
Mail: Pikes & Verekers Lawyers, Level 2, 50 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000