Carroll and O'Dea understands that privacy is an important individual right. Privacy is important to our own business and the businesses of our clients. This policy sets out our commitment to maintain information handling standards. We are also bound to comply with the National Privacy Principles as set out in the Privacy Act 1988.
Collection of Personal Information
We only collect personal information where it is necessary for our business purposes or if there is a legal requirement for us to do so. The type of personal information that Carroll and O'Dea collects will depend on the nature of your dealing with us. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that you know why we are collecting your personal information, what we use it for, to whom we may disclose it and how you can access it to ensure it is accurate and up to date.
There are some circumstances where it is not reasonable or practicable for us to let you know this information. For example, it is our practice not to disclose such information to an individual if doing so would:
- breach our legal and professional obligations to our client - undermine the purpose for which the information is being collected (where collection is for a legitimate business practice) - where we collect information from public records
We may collect sensitive information (such as information relating to your health, ethnicity or sexual orientation) where collection is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal or equitable claim. As confidentiality is important for the due process of the law, it is often not possible or legally necessary to obtain your consent in such circumstances. However, if we need to collect sensitive information in other circumstances, then we will obtain your consent.