Onyx Property Group has always set and met the highest standard for the protection of privacy. Like other professional companies, Onyx Property Group has a duty of confidentiality that prevents us from disclosing customer information without authorization.
The Federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the “Act”) gives you a third layer of privacy protection. Ian force since 2004, the Act prohibits the unauthorized use and disclosure of your “personal information”.
What is personal information?
Personal information means any information about an identifiable individual.
Why do we need personal information?
If you become a customer, then we need to collect and use personal information in order to properly serve you.
How do we collect personal information?
We collect most personal information directly from you. We may also collect personal information about you from other sources, such as:
(a) a consumer reporting agency; or
(b) a government agency or registry.
We will not collect any personal information without your consent. Subject to very limited exceptions, we cannot disclose your personal information without your authorization.
In most cases we will obtain your written consent, but in some circumstances we may accept oral consent such as the one given during the course of a telephone conversation. Sometimes, consent may be implied through your conduct with us.
Use of personal information
We use your personal information:
(a) to provide business services;
(b) to administer our client databases;
(c) to protect against fraud and error;
(d) to identify potential conflicts of interest;
(e) to communicate with subcontractors (and/or agents or intermediaries) for the performance of any of the purposes listed above;
(f) to communicate with you; and
(g) to include you in any marketing activities directed towards you such as information about our business services or new developments in the industry that may be applicable or of interest to you.
Disclosure of personal information
The Act permits us to disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent in the following circumstances:
(a)The information is publicly available.
(b) Disclosure is required to comply with a summons or warrant issued or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to comply with rules of court relating to the production of records;
(c) Disclosure is made in response to an emergency that threatens the life, health or security of an individual;
(d) Disclosure is necessary to establish or collect fees; and
(e) Disclosure is required by law.
We protect your personal information from unauthorized access using security measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. These measures include:
(1) premises security;
(2) deploying technological safeguards like security software and firewalls to prevent hacking or unauthorized computer access; and
(3) internal password and security policies.
If we hold personal information about you that is inaccurate or incomplete, we will take reasonable steps to correct the information when we are advised of errors.
Access to your personal information
Subject to limited exceptions, we will give you access to any of your personal information in our possession. Exceptions may include information that is prohibitively costly to provide, information that refers to other people, or information that cannot be disclosed for legal, security or proprietary reasons.
Email and personal information
We recognize that e-mail is not a secure medium and electronic transmission of your personal information or other confidential information may be accessed by a party who is not intended to receive the information. You should be aware of this in the event you communicate with us by e-mail and request, impliedly or explicitly, that we send you by e-mail personal or confidential information or advice.
Like most other businesses, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimize our web service.
Retention and destruction of personal information
By reason of the use which we make of personal information, we keep our client files in secure onsite and offsite storage subject to our Document Management Retention and Destruction policy which provides that any closed file which is 15 years or older is destroyed by shredding.
At the time a file is closed, we offer you the opportunity to reclaim any original documents you provided to us. If you do not avail yourself of this opportunity, those documents will also be destroyed in accordance with our Document Management Retention and Destruction policy.
We retain client name and contact information in perpetuity for the purpose of identifying potential conflicts of interest and managing the destruction of information.
Requests for access
If you have any questions, or want access to your personal information, please write to:
Onyx Property Group
659 Stirling Ave South Unit #100
If you feel that we have contravened any provision of the Act, you may file a written complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at 112 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1H3.