Why does the BL collect personal information?
BL collects personal information to fulfill functions under the Legal Profession Act. Additional information may be acquired for the purpose of research. However, such information is collected and retained anonymously.
What if I do not wish to provide personal information?
BL is required to verify the identity of each client. Individuals seeking general legal advice – non-clients – must provide sufficient identification to ensure compliance with conflict check protocols.
Use and Disclosure
How does the BL use and disclose personal information?
BL does not disclose personal information except as required by law and subject to solicitor/client privilege.
BL takes reasonable steps to keep all personal information secure and to protect that personal information from misuse or loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. If BL determines that personal information is no longer needed for any purpose, BL will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify that personal information.
When using the BL website, or any website, you should be aware that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Although BL strives to protect such information, BL does not warrant the security of any information transmitted to it over the Internet. Any information transmitted to BL over the Internet is done so at the risk of the person or organization transmitting the information.
BL may from time to time partner with other Internet based search engines or service providers, which may collect personal information. Please refer to their privacy policies for further information.
Access, Corrections and Further Information
BL endeavors to keep personal information accurate, complete and up-to-date. If any person wishes to access, review or make corrections to his or her personal information held by the BL, the person may do so at any time by contacting BL and arranging to attend their office in Victoria to review their file. However, BL may refuse to provide any person with access to information where BL is permitted by law to withhold that information, or where that information may identify the names and locations of third parties, or put any party at risk of harm. If any person requires information about the way BL manages his or her personal information or has any queries, problems or complaints, the person should also contact BL on the details below.
Jayne Embree M.A.
Privacy Officer, Butterfield Law
402-2020 Richmond Road
Victoria, BC, V8R 6R5