Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Our obligations apply to all officers, employees, contractors and agents who provide services to or on behalf of OTLA in connection with our delivery of products, services and information to our Members.
In the event of questions about: (i) access to your Personal Information; (ii) our collection, use, management or disclosure of Personal Information; or (iii) this policy; please contact, the Executive Director/CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1190 Blair Road, Burlington, ON L7M 1K9 Tel: (905) 639-6852, Fax: (905) 639-3100.
What is Personal Information?
Personal information is any information about an identifiable individual, other than an individual’s business title or business contact information. Personal information (e.g. name, address, age, credit card information, banking information) does not include information that cannot be associated with or tracked back to a specific individual. Information that is publicly available, such as a telephone book listing, is also not considered to be personal information.
Why OTLA May Collect Personal Information
OTLA collects information provided in writing (including via electronic media) or verbally about Members, and does so to fulfil the objectives and mandate of the Association, which involves:
• Communicating with and determining the needs of its membership;
How OTLA Uses Personal Information
OTLA only collects, uses and discloses Personal Information for purposes that would be considered reasonable in the circumstances and only such information as is required for the purposes of providing products, services or information to our Members. We use only fair and lawful methods to collect Personal Information.
Our use of Personal Information is limited to the purposes described in this policy.
When OTLA May Disclose Your Personal Information
As a general rule, all information concerning a Member is held in strict confidence and, except in limited circumstances, is not revealed to anyone unless expressly or implicitly authorized by the Member. OTLA may lease the name, address, telephone number and email address of Members (“OTLA membership information”) to affiliated organizations, preferred suppliers and other reputable organizations when:
• In the opinion of OTLA, such usage constitutes a service and information pertinent to the members of OTLA, and
Where OTLA discloses Personal Information to organizations that perform services on its behalf, we will require those service providers to use such information solely for the purposes of providing services to the person concerned or OTLA and to have appropriate safeguards for the protection of that Personal Information.
Please note that there are circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information may be justified or permitted or where OTLA is obliged to disclose information without consent. Such circumstances may include:
• Where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal;
Where obliged or permitted to disclose information without consent, OTLA will not disclose more information than is required.
Unless permitted by law, no Personal Information is collected without first obtaining the consent of the individual concerned to the collection, use and dissemination of that information. However, we may seek consent to use and disclose Personal Information after it has been collected in those cases where OTLA wishes to use the information for a purpose not identified in this policy or not previously identified or for which the individual concerned has not previously consented.
If a Member consents, his/her personal information shall be used for the purposes indicated in this policy statement. If a member does not consent, then his/her personal information shall be used by OTLA for purposes of communicating with the Member only and shall not be provided to anyone else (e.g. preferred suppliers). In the event a Member does not indicate his/her consent, the submission of the information constitutes the consent of an applicant to the use of his or her personal information for these purposes.
If a Member wishes to withdraw his/her consent to have his/her OTLA membership information disclosed to affiliated organizations, preferred suppliers and other reputable organizations, the Member should contact OTLA.
The Accuracy and Retention of Personal Information
OTLA endeavours to ensure that any Personal Information provided by its Members and in its possession is as accurate, current and complete as necessary for the purposes for which OTLA uses that information. If we become aware that Personal Information is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, OTLA will revise the Personal Information and, if necessary, use its best efforts to inform third parties which were provided with inaccurate information so that those third parties may also correct their records. Information about a former member is not actively maintained and, for so long as it is held by OTLA, OTLA cannot assure the accuracy of such information.
We keep your Personal Information only as long as it is required for the reasons it was collected. This period may extend beyond the end of a Member’s relationship with OTLA but it will be only for so long as it is necessary for us to communicate with you or to have sufficient information to respond to any issues that may arise at a later date. When your Personal Information is no longer required by OTLA, we have procedures to destroy, delete, erase or convert it into an anonymous form.
Currently, the principal place in which OTLA holds Personal Information is the city of Burlington, Ontario.
Protection of Personal Information
OTLA endeavours to maintain appropriate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of Personal Information. This also applies to our disposal or destruction of Personal Information.
OTLA further protects Personal Information by restricting access to it to those employees that the management of OTLA has determined need to know that information in order that we may provide our products, services or information.
If any employee of OTLA misuses Personal Information, this will be considered a serious offence for which disciplinary action may be taken, up to and including termination of employment. If any individual or organization misuses Personal Information – provided for the purpose of providing services to or for OTLA – this will be considered a serious issue for which action may be taken, up to and including termination of any agreement between OTLA and that individual or organization.
Access To Your Personal Information
OTLA permits the reasonable right of access and review of Personal Information held by us about a Member and will endeavour to provide the information in question within a reasonable time and no later than 30 days following the request. Where information will not or cannot be disclosed, the individual making the request will be provided with the reasons for non-disclosure.
Further information concerning OTLA’s access policy and procedures may be obtained by contacting our Executive Director/CEO.
OTLA will not charge a Member for verifying or correcting his/her Personal Information.
Information is collected when an individual voluntarily completes an on-line membership application form or completes an online survey. This information is collected, used or disclosed in a manner consistent with this policy statement. Email addresses are also collected during the on-line membership application process but applicants may indicate that they do not wish to receive any unsolicited electronic communication.
Our web server does not collect visitor information in the form of the visitor’s domain or Internet Protocol (IP) address but does collect information regarding which pages are being accessed. This information is used internally, only in aggregate form, to better serve visitors by helping us to
• Manage our sites;
Following its use, the information collected is not retained but, rather, is discarded in a secure manner.
Individuals who wish to purchase documents are requested to supply one or more items of data within the following classes of information:
• corporate identification information;
This information is collected for billing and delivery purposes as well as to permit us to contact the individual with respect to actions taken by us to complete the order.
If you purchase documents through OTLA’s website using a credit card, your credit card information is used only for credit card processing purposes and is not stored or retained by OTLA.
For the transfer and receipt of certain types of sensitive information such as financial information, visitors will be re-directed to a secure server and will be notified through a pop-up screen on the site.
In browsing the Internet, you will encounter a technology called “cookies” which can be used to provide you with specific information from a website as well as provide the operator of a website with information about you. “Session” cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser window or otherwise turn your computer off. Session cookies are used to improve navigation on websites and to collect aggregate statistical information. This site uses session cookies to only record session information.
OTLA does have a relationship with an ad server company but does not permit any ad server company to collect information about users such as domain type, IP address, and clickstream information.
A user of OTLA’s website may access the information held by OTLA about them in connection with their visits to this Site as well as their account information. Users may request the correction of any inaccuracies in such information. Access to and, if required, correction of such information may be arranged by sending an email message to Linda Langston, Executive Director/CEO email@example.com, telephoning or writing OTLA at the contact indicated at the beginning of this policy.
This statement is in effect as of June 24, 2010. OTLA will from time to time review and revise its privacy practices and this policy. In the event of any amendment, a notice will be posted on www.otla.com and published in appropriate OTLA publications. Policy changes will apply to the information collected from the date of posting to OTLA’s website as well as to existing information held by OTLA.
The contents of the website, such as text, publications, newsletters, articles, opinions, minutes of meetings, notice of meetings, views, graphics, images, HTML code, multimedia clips, Java code, and the selection and arrangement of information (“Materials”), are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws under both Canadian and foreign laws. Unauthorized use of the Materials may violate copyright, trademark, patent and other laws. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Materials on any copy you make of the Materials.
Limitation of Warranties And Disclaimer
The Materials and Services are provided for educational or informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal, accounting or tax advice and should not be relied upon in that respect. You should not act or rely on any information on this website without seeking the advice of a professional. Any opinion, advice, article, publication, statement, service, offer, or other information or content expressed or made available on this website or on any site linked to this website, is that of the respective author or distributor and not of OTLA. OTLA assumes no obligation to update the Materials, advise on further developments concerning topics mentioned or update the functionality of the Services. The information contained on this website may contain typographical errors. The Materials and Services may be changed without notice. The materials and services contained in this website are provided “as is” without any representations, warranties or conditions of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of fitness for a particular purpose or use, or non-infringement. Further, no representations or warranties are made concerning the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of the materials or services, or of any information contained in any site linked to this website. OTLA does not warrant or guarantee uninterrupted access to the website, any site linked to this website or to the availability of internet email links provided on the website. In no event shall OTLA, its officers, affiliates, agents, licensors, employees or internet service provider(s) (collectively “its representatives”) be liable to you or any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages whatsoever, including but not limited to lost revenue, lost or damaged data or other commercial or economic loss, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence) or any other theory of liability. The foregoing limitation shall apply even if OTLA or its representatives have been advised or should have known of the possibility of such damage.
Absent the use of encryption, the Internet is not a secured medium and privacy cannot be ensured. Internet email is vulnerable to interception and forging. Neither OTLA nor TrialSmith will be responsible for any damages you or any third party may suffer as a result of the transmission of confidential information that you make to any third party through the Internet email links provided on this website. Neither OTLA nor TrialSmith is responsible for any errors or any changes made to any transmitted information. Should you decide to transmit information using Internet email links, you do so at your own risk.
While OTLA and TrialSmith make reasonable efforts to ensure that all Materials and Services provided on this website do not contain computer viruses, you are responsible to take the appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses and to ensure that you have a complete and current back up of the applicable items contained on your computer system.
Links to Other Sites
The website may contain links to other sites as well as email links. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you. These other sites were independently developed by parties other than OTLA and OTLA assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained in such sites. The inclusion of any link to another site does not imply endorsement by OTLA. Any mention of another party or its product or service on the website should not be construed as an endorsement of that party or its product service. If you decide to access linked third party websites, you do so at your own risk.