This document outlines why Stewart Levitt may gather personal information from you, how it will be handled and how you may request access to the personal information we have on file. Stewart Levitt adheres to the National Privacy Principles, as described in the Privacy Act 1988 (amended).
‘Personal information’ is defined in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to mean any information or opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable, whether the information or opinion is true or not and whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
We collect and hold a range of personal information in carrying out our business and functions as a services provider. The kinds of personal information that we collect and hold about you will depend upon the nature of our relationship with you.
We typically collect and hold the following kinds of personal information about our clients:
- name, job title, and contact details;
- communications between you and us;
- information about your areas of legal interest or specialisation; and
- other personal information that you provide to us or that we collect in the course of our relationship with you.
To the extent that it is relevant to the work we are undertaking for a client or our general relationship with a client, we may also collect and hold personal information about clients that is sensitive information under the Privacy Act. For example, we may collect health information about an individual, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, religious beliefs or affiliations or criminal records.
Website users, online contacts and attendees at seminars and other functions
The amount and type of information we collect from you when you use of our website or contact us online will depend upon your use of the facilities and services available through our website or otherwise available online. However, the only personal information which we collect about you when you use our website or contact us online is what you tell us about yourself, such as when you complete an online subscription form to our publications, alerts and newsletters, or complete one of our online forms, including through our marketing campaigns, or information you provide to us when you send us an email.
The kinds of personal information that we may collect through our website or online include:
- your name, contact details, employer and job title; and
- your areas of legal interest or specialisation.
We will also collect personal information about you if you provide us with your social media (such as LinkedIn and Facebook).
In the course of providing our clients with the services they have requested, and carrying out their instructions, we may be required to collect personal information about other individuals including other parties to our clients’ matters, their legal representatives and other service providers or contractors retained by them. The nature of information collected will depend upon the individual circumstances of the matter, but is likely to include name, contact details, job title, and communications with these other individuals. Depending upon the circumstances of the matter, it may also include sensitive information.
If you approach us for information (such as government departments, regulatory authorities or media) we may record your name and contact details and collect additional personal information about you to verify your identity and consider whether to provide you with the information that you have requested.
In most instances we will collect personal information directly from the person to whom the information relates, or the organisation of which that personal is an employee, director or principal. However, we may also collect personal information about individuals from the following third parties:
- our clients;
- government agencies;
- publicly available records;
- public registries;
- ratings agencies;
- search agencies;
- regulatory and licensing bodies;
- service providers;
- parties to whom you refer us, including previous employers and referees;
- recruitment agencies;
- online searches; and
- social media (such as LinkedIn and Facebook).
When we obtain personal information from third parties to whom you refer us, we will assume and you must ensure that you have made that third party aware that you have referred us to them and of the purposes involved in the collection, use and disclosure of the relevant personal information.
We hold personal information in hardcopy files and in electronic form, and take reasonable steps to protect personal information from misuse, interference, loss, and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
We store hardcopy files in offices, cupboards and compactuses within an access controlled premises. Under our records managements system, access to files is appropriately limited. We may apply additional security measures limiting access to information about files or store files in locked cupboards or access restricted rooms as necessary or desirable based on our clients’ needs.
We store electronic records within our own secure network. Personal information within our network is password protected and access is appropriately limited.
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for the purposes for which it was collected, related purposes, and other purposes including:
- providing the services that our clients have requested;
- contracting out some of our functions to external service providers and suppliers (such as barristers, title and court searches, surveyors, forensic witnesses, accountants, mediators, valuers, printers, carriers, mailing, photocopying, IT, advertising, marketing and campaign managers, market research and recruitment);
- maintaining, managing and developing our relationship with clients and potential clients;
- marketing our services, administering and operating our online subscriptions and providing you with information about legal developments and other services that you have requested or that may be of interest to you;
- the organisation of events;
- assessing and considering applications from prospective employees, contractors and service providers;
- developing and managing relationships with our employees, contractors and service providers;
- managing insurance;
- conducting further searches and enquiries regarding the information you have provided to us or more generally to collect additional personal information about you or your associates for our regulatory or prudential purposes;
- complying with our legal and regulatory obligations; and
- to otherwise carry out our functions as professional legal service providers.
If you are a client or have otherwise expressed interest and provided us with your contact details, we may send emails to you with information about claim developments (such as publications, alerts and newsletters) and marketing our services.
We may use an “email management system” to automate the management and dispatch of these emails. The system operates by inserting tracking codes in the emails that we send to you. The tracking code allows us to collect personal information about you, such as whether you received and opened an email, and whether you clicked through to any links to our website. The personal information that the email management system collects and holds about you is used by us to:
- ensure that you only receive correspondence that you have informed us that you wish to receive;
- insert your personal information into our communications with you;
- determine whether the information that we send to you is suitable for your interests, information needs and profile;
- ensure that the email address that you have provided us is still operational;
- determine whether emails that we send to you are received by you;
- update a request that you make to us to unsubscribe from a publication that we send to you;
- review the effectiveness and relevance of our emails to you by collecting other statistical information.
If you do not wish for us to send you such emails, please let us know by contacting our Privacy Officer at the details below. You can also unsubscribe from our email notifications by clicking on the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of our email notifications and following the prompts or by emailing us by clicking the ‘Contact Us’ button.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Stewart Levitt will only use your personal information for the purposes listed in this statement or any directly related purpose. Stewart Levitt will not trade, sell or lease your information. In some circumstances, we may be required to pass on information about you to particular third parties. The most likely entities to which we may provide information include:
- Barristers and Experts
- Professional or Trade Associations
Access and alterations to your personal information
You have a right to request access to personal information that we hold about you and request its correction if it is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading. You may do so by contacting us as firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to all requests for access to or correction of personal information within a reasonable period.
In some cases, in accordance with the Privacy Act, we may charge you a fee for access to personal information we hold about you or refuse to give you access to personal information we hold about you.
If you would like to complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles, you may contact our Privacy Officer at the details below.
We will respond to complaints within a reasonable period of time (usually 30 days).
If you disagree with our decision, you may refer your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by visiting www.oaic.gov.au, calling 1300 363 992 or by emailing email@example.com.
If you would like more information about the way we manage personal information, would like to request access to or correction of personal information that we hold about you, or wish to make a complaint, please contact our Privacy Officer by either:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Post – Attention “Privacy Officer” Level 3, 162 Goulburn Street, Sydney 2010; or
Telephone – 02 9286 3133 (within Australia)