CONFIDENTIALITY, THE PRIVACY ACT 1993 AND QUENTIN HIX LEGAL
As part of normal duties, staff at Quentin Hix Legal will obtain, or have access to confidential information concerning its clients.
Under no circumstances is any use to be made of any such information that would bring any client, staff member, Quentin Hix Legal or related company into disrepute.
All employee’s of Quentin Hix Legal and related companies are also bound by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client) Rules 2008.
Any breach of confidentiality is seen as serious misconduct, immediate action shall be taken.
THE PRIVACY ACT 1993 AND QUENTIN HIX LEGAL
The Privacy Act came into force on 1st July 1993. It relates to the collection, use and disclosure of information. A law practice is an agency that collects, uses and discloses information so we are bound to comply with the Act.
The following principals in the Act should be considered when dealing with clients and their affairs.
Information must be collected for a lawful purpose
Information must be collected directly from the person concerned, unless:
- It is public information
- The person authorises the collection
- It can be used without identifying anyone
- It is another type of authorised collection under the Act
- You must must make the person aware of your purpose in collecting information and the use it will be put to.
You must identify yourself and the firm you represent when collecting information.
Information must be stored correctly to protect it from: