Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
Shaw McDonald recognises that your personal information is very important to you. We are committed to maintaining and promoting strict confidence in the manner in which we handle your personal information. We abide by the National Privacy Principles for the protection of personal information as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
What is 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 we collect
We do not collect personal information about you unless it is necessary for providing actual or anticipated legal services to you. Generally, we will collect that information directly from you. The types of
personal information we collect and store includes: Information provided by you relating to your instructions; and Specific information you provide to us, such as your name, contact details, occupation, who you work for and any services, products or areas of law that interest you, health and financial information.
Why we collect your Personal Information
The personal information that we collect is used for:
- Providing legal services and advice in relation to the subject of any instructions from you;
- Marketing our legal services to you; and
- Statistical purposes.
Disclosure of your personal information
We only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected and any directly related purpose, including the provision of legal services in the future. We will not disclose your personal information to anyone without your consent, unless required to do so by law. It may however, be necessary to disclose your personal information to third parties (such as barristers and external service providers) engaged by us to assist us with your instructions. In those circumstances we ensure that those third parties are bound by the same principles of confidentiality applicable under this policy.
Accessing and changing your personal information
You may request access to the personal information we have collected
from you. If you wish to change your personal information where it is incorrect, or wish to have your personal information deleted, please contact our office. Where you request details of your personal information and that information is not easily accessible, we may charge a nominal fee for the cost of accessing and retrieving that information. There are some situations in which we are not obliged to provide access to your personal information. If we deny you access to your personal information we will give you reasons for doing so.
Security of your personal information
We take all reasonable measures to safeguard and protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Once your personal information is no longer needed, we take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify the information.Please note, the use of
email, the internet and other electronic means of communication may not always be secure. We accept no responsibility for the security or confidentiality of any information sent to us via these means.
Queries and complaints
If you are not satisfied with the way we handle your personal information, or have any queries, please contact our office:
The Privacy Officer
Shaw McDonald Lawyers
Level 3, 255 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box 20074
World Square NSW 2002
Ph: 02 9264 9111
Fax: 02 9264 9482
If we are unable to resolve your
complaint or query to your
satisfaction, you may refer the matter
to the Federal Privacy Commissioner: Office of the Federal Privacy
Level 8, Piccadilly Tower
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000