As a law firm, we collect, use and disclose information in our daily operations. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us. We are committed to protecting our clients personal data, in accordance with applicable laws and our professional obligations. Our commitment to the protection and respect of personal data also extends to other individuals who may frequent https://wmr-law.ca/ (“Website”) as well as immigrationfrancequebec.com/, immigrant-entrepreneur.ca/ and derechoparainmigrantes.ca/ (“Blogs”).
1- Who are we?
Wellstein Mora Rodriguez International s.a. (“WMR”, “we”, “us”, “our”) is the second North American office of the law firm, which was initially founded in Washington D.C. We pride ourselves in providing top tier legal services to clients from here and abroad. Unless expressly specified otherwise, WMR is the data controller of your personal data. This means that WMR determines, either alone or jointly with others, the purposes for which, and the manner in which, your personal data will be processed.
2- What data do we collect?
- Identity Data such as first name, last name, maiden name, username or similar identifier, marital status, date of birth and gender;
- Contact Data such as name, residential address, email, phone number;
- Biographical Data such as job title, employer, photograph;
- Recruitment Data such as any information relating to an application to work at WMR, including your CV, education, employment history and professional memberships;
- Financial Data such as your financial institution, bank account, billing address and payment information;
- Service Data such as details of services that have been purchased from us;
- Usage Data such as information about how you use our Website, Blogs and legal services as well as other information collected through cookies and other tracking technologies;
- Marketing and Communication Data such as communication preferences;
- Any Other Data willingly provided to us.
Please note that if you are providing us with someone else's personal data, you must obtain their consent and give them an appropriate notice prior to such disclosure.
We do not knowingly collect data of any person under the age of 16 years old, except with the express prior consent of the minor's parents or tutors. Furthermore, we do not collect any data relating to race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political opinions, health information or genetic or biometric data unless such information is provided to us with your consent.
3- How do we use your personal data?
We will only use your personal data in accordance with the law. We will usually use your personal data in the following ways:
- To provide legal services, uphold our contractual obligations, and respond to enquiries;
- To ensure that we are paid for our services, and to recover any overdue payments;
- To maintain and facilitate the use of our Website and Blogs;
- For marketing and business development purposes;
- For research and development purposes;
- For recruitment purposes;
- To comply with our legal obligations.
The legal grounds we rely upon to process your personal data are set out below:
- You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
- The processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party;
- The processing is necessary for us to comply with our legal obligations;
- The processing is necessary to protect your vital interests;
- The processing is necessary to perform a task carried out in public interest or in exercise of an official authority vested in us;
- The processing is necessary for our legitimate interests, except where such interests are overridden by your personal interest or fundamental rights and freedoms.
4- Disclosure of your personal data
WMR is an international law firm with affiliate offices in Washington DC. As such any personal data collected by WMR may be shared with our affiliate offices. In some circumstances, personal data may also be shared with third parties such as:
- Law enforcement and government entities when required to do so by law;
- Third party IT service providers who assist us, notably, with the development and maintenance of our Website and Blogs. Personal data provided to these third parties is limited to what is strictly necessary for them to fulfil their duties;
- Financial bodies for the payment of invoices, for example.
5- Storage of your personal data
Typically, personal data will only be stored for as long as reasonably necessary to complete the purposes we collected it for. We may also retain your personal data for a longer period of time in order to comply with any legal or regulatory obligations. If you would like more information regarding the storage of your personal data, please contact us at email@example.com.
Being a law firm with affiliates offices abroad, your personal data may be stored and processed in any country where we have affiliate offices or in which we engage in third party service providers, such as the United States. In any event, whenever your personal data is transferred internationally, we ensure that similar privacy standards are upheld.
6- Protection of your personal data
We take precautions to protect your personal data. When you submit information to us, your data is protected both online and offline.
Wherever we collect your information online, that data is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.
While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform their duties are granted access to personally identifiable information. In addition, the computers and servers in which we store personal data are kept in a secure environment.
It is important to note, however, that we cannot guarantee 100% security.
7- Your rights
Under certain circumstances, you have rights under applicable data protection laws. These rights include:
- The right to request access to your personal data. You may be required to prove your identity before we provide this information. Reasonable administration fees may also be applicable;
- The right to request correction of your personal data that may be inaccurate or incomplete;
- The right to request the erasure of your personal data, also known as the right to be forgotten. This right may be restricted if we are required to retain such data in order to comply with a legal obligation or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
- The right to objection, where one may challenge when we are processing their personal data based on legitimate interest;
- The right to request restriction of the processing of your personal data if you believe the such data is incorrect or that the processing is unlawful;
- The right to request the transfer of your personal data to another party;
- The right to contest automated decisions where it would have a significant effect;
- The right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data.
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Wellstein Mora Rodriguez International s.a.
1980 Sherbrooke St W, Suite 700
Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1E8