Brion Raffoul’s Privacy Policy

This Policy explains how Brion Raffoul collects, uses, and discloses personal information you may provide to us while using Brion Raffoul’s Website (the “Website”) and in its electronic publications, newsletters and mailers, and announcements (“Electronic Communications”). Any personal information you provide to us through the Website or in response to Electronic Communications will be treated with care, and subject to this Policy will not be used or disclosed in ways to which you have not consented.

By using the Website, you signify your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Policy. Consent to this Policy is required to use the Website.  If you have any questions or concerns about this Policy or about how Brion Raffoul uses your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer, Art Brion, at [email protected].

1.      Personal Information You Specifically Provide to the Website

1.1       Your Personal Information — During your use of the Website, you may choose to provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address) to Brion Raffoul for purposes such as facilitating communications with you.

1.2       Use of Your Personal Information — Brion Raffoul may use your personal information to contact and correspond with you, to respond to your inquiries, and as otherwise permitted by law. Generally, Brion Raffoul will consider the fact that you have voluntarily visited the Website and have chosen to provide Brion Raffoul with your contact information as signifying your consent for Brion Raffoul to use your contact information for purposes of tracking our communications with you and providing you with information such as Electronic Communications (including emails) relating to our Firm and our practice which we think may be of interest or use to you.

1.3       Emails from Brion Raffoul — If you provide your email address, Brion Raffoul may send to you, from time to time, email messages containing information about Brion Raffoul and other matters it believes will interest you. At any time, you may ask Brion Raffoul to stop sending you emails and other information by using unsubscribe links on the emails or by contacting [email protected].

1.4       Tracking Information — Brion Raffoul may also use non-personal information, such as the non-identifying information described below, to create aggregate tracking information reports regarding Website user demographics and Website traffic patterns. None of the tracking information in the reports can be connected to any individual user’s identity or other personal information. However, Brion Raffoul also may link some tracking information with Website users’ personal information. Once such a link is made, all of the linked information will be treated as personally identifiable information and will be used and disclosed only in accordance with this Policy and in accordance with the law.

1.5       Disclosure of Your Personal Information — Brion Raffoul may disclose your personal information to a government institution that has asserted its lawful authority to obtain the information or where Brion Raffoul has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, or to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to comply with court rules regarding the production of records and information, or to protect Brion Raffoul’s rights and property. If Brion Raffoul is involved in a merger or other reorganization, Brion Raffoul may disclose your personal information to the resulting organization.

1.6       Storing and Securing Your Information — Brion Raffoul may store and process your personal information in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and using remote servers at other locations in and outside of Canada. To help protect the confidentiality of your personal information, Brion Raffoul employs security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Internet and Internet technologies, security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated and Brion Raffoul cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy.

1.7       Accessing Your Personal Information — You may request access to your personal information and information about Brion Raffoul’s collection, use and disclosure of that information by contacting our Privacy Officer, Art Brion, at [email protected]. The Privacy Officer is responsible for the protection of personal information and compliance with privacy-related legislation in various jurisdictions. The Privacy Officer is subject to change from time to time. Subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law, you will be given reasonable access to your personal information, and will be entitled to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and to have it amended as appropriate. You can help Brion Raffoul maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying Brion Raffoul of any changes to your personal information.

1.8         Withdrawal of Consent — In some jurisdictions, you may withdraw your consent to the use and/or retention of personal information about you. To do this, please contact our Privacy Officer, Art Brion, at [email protected]. Additionally, we routinely provide “unsubscribe” or “opt out” options on our Electronic Communications to provide for removal of your name from future transmissions.

2.      Information Automatically Collected

2.1       Non-Identifying Information — The Website may automatically collect certain non-identifiable information regarding Website users, including but not limited to the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer, the IP address of your Internet Service Provider, the date and time you access the Website, the sections of the Website you visit and the Website pages read and images viewed. This non-identifiable information is used for Website and system administration purposes and to improve the Website. Your non-identifiable information may be disclosed to others and permanently archived for future use.

2.2       Cookies — The Website may use “cookies”, a technology that installs information on a Website user’s computer to permit the Website to recognize future visits using that computer. Cookies enhance the convenience and use of the Website. Acceptance of some cookies may be required in order to access certain features of the website.  You may choose to decline, block, or remove cookies from your computer using the cookie settings in your browser.

2.3       Google Analytics — The Website uses Google Analytics to collect information, in an anonymous form, about how visitors use the Website, including the number of visitors to the Website and the pages they have visited. Brion Raffoul uses such information to compile reports and to help us improve the Website. By using the Website, you agree to such use of Google Analytics. Should you wish to opt-out of the use of Google Analytics, please click on the following link:

3.      Other

3.1       Other Websites

The Website may contain links to other Websites or Internet resources. When you click on one of those links you are contacting another Website or Internet resource that may collect information about you voluntarily or through cookies or other technologies. Brion Raffoul has no responsibility or liability for or control over those other Websites or Internet resources or their collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information.

3.2       Website Use Agreement

The Website Use Agreement governing your use of the Website contains important provisions disclaiming and excluding the liability of Brion Raffoul and others regarding your use of the Website and provisions determining the applicable law and exclusive jurisdiction for the resolution of any disputes regarding your use of the Website. Each of those provisions also applies to any disputes that may arise in relation to this Policy and the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information, and are of the same force and effect as if they had been reproduced directly in this Policy.

3.3       Former Users 

If you stop using the Website or your permission to use the Website is terminated by Brion Raffoul, Brion Raffoul may continue to use and disclose your personal information in accordance with this Policy as amended from time to time, and subject to compliance with the law. Should you object to such use, please contact our Privacy Officer, Art Brion, at [email protected].

3.4       Privacy Policy Changes 

This Policy may be changed by Brion Raffoul from time to time in Brion Raffoul’s sole discretion and without any prior notice or liability to you or any other person. The collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information by Brion Raffoul will be governed by the version of this Policy in effect at that time. New versions of this Policy will be posted here. Your continued use of the Website and receipt or request of any Electronic Communication subsequent to any changes to this Policy will signify that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the changed Policy. Accordingly, when you use the Website or receive or request any Electronic Communication, you should check the date of this Policy and review any changes since the last version. You should also bookmark this page and periodically review this Policy to ensure that you are familiar with the most current version.

3.5       Electronic Communications

Electronic Communications, unless explicitly indicated, are not to be construed as legal advice. Delivering Electronic Communications will not instantiate or begin any Solicitor-Client or other relationship between Brion Raffoul and the recipient. Electronic Communications are meant to provide access to general information and knowledge, not with respect to any particular circumstances. If an Electronic Communication raises any point of interest, please feel free to contact one of our professionals to arrange for a consultation.

Privacy Officer
Art Brion
[email protected]