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MERSAW Law Firm Privacy Policy
The Board of Directors, lawyers and staff of MERSAW law firm recognize and respect their clients\' personal information and endeavor to safeguard that information from unauthorized use, retention, or disclosure to third parties. It is upon this fundamental principle that our firm adheres to the Egyptian legal practice code, regarding the security of our clients\' personal information, common law principles of solicitor-client privilege, and - where applicable - litigation-privilege. In addition, the protection of our clients\' personal information is governed by MERSAW Law firm\'s privacy policy (the \"Privacy Policy\"), as follows: MERSAW law firm's Privacy Policy assures you as an existing or future client, that in retaining our Services to represent you or your business, the entire MERSAW team will handle your file in accordance with this policy pursuant to the applicable legislation. SCOPE OF THE PRIVACY POLICY: This Privacy Policy governs personal information collected from the client, other lawyers in the course of representing the client or providing legal services to the client, as well as organizations that have information relevant and necessary to fulfilling the purpose for which our firm’s services have been retained. Personal information is defined under Egyptian legal practice code as any information that is identifiable or directly attributable to an individual. It does not cover information about an individual that is available from a public source, such as a telephone directory, court record, or land registry office, it also does not cover aggregated data, used for statistical and reporting purposes, from which data the client\\\\\\\'s identity cannot be determined. This Privacy Policy applies to MERSAW\\\\\\\'s Board of Directors, partners, associates, staff and contracted employees. As well, MERSAW ensures that all third party service providers sign confidentiality agreements prior to any transfer of a client\\\\\\\'s personal information in the course of providing the services for which MERSAW was retained. PURPOSES FOR COLLECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION MERSAW collects personal information for the following limited purposes: 1. To represent the client as set out in the retainer agreement; 2. To establish and maintain client lists for collection of legal fees, record keeping and Statistical purposes; and 3. To establish and maintain mailing lists for newsletters, notification of workshops and Seminars, or legal updates that MERSAW believes might be informative or of benefit to The client CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION, USE, AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION When a client retains the services of MERSAW, he or she will be asked to sign a retainer agreement that sets out the purpose for which MERSAW has been retained. Upon signing this retainer, the client consents to MERSAW collecting, using and disclosing personal information obtained for the limited purpose for which MERSAW was retained, as well as those purposes listed above in this Privacy Policy. MERSAW will not use client personal information for any purposes other than that consented to by the client, either by express or implied consent. MERSAW does not sell, barter, or lease personal information it obtains from its client to third parties (i.e. MERSAW would not provide our client mailing list to another law firm or business). If the client requests additional services of MERSAW beyond that of the original retainer, the client is giving implied consent to MERSAW using the personal information already held for the original purpose, as well as any new personal information collected for the new purpose and no signature will be required on a new or amending retainer agreement. Under Egyptian legal practice code, MERSAW may disclose personal information without client consent to: - Government or legal enforcement agencies if MERSAW determines that the client has provided incorrect information for fraudulent or illegal purposes; - Government or legal enforcement agencies if the information is collected in the midst of a criminal investigation; - Legal enforcement agency if MERSAW determines that there is imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm, including psychological harm, to an identifiable person or group of persons; - Disclosure to a third party individual or organization if so ordered by a Court or Tribunal of competent jurisdiction; and - Defend against allegations of criminal or civil liability, or professional Malpractice or misconduct, by the client or former client. ACCURACY OF A CLIENT\\\\\\\'S PERSONAL INFORMATION MERSAW endeavor’s to ensure that all personal information provided by the client and in its possession, is accurate, current and as complete as is necessary for the purposes for which the personal information was collected, used and maintained in an active file. Upon notification by a client that the personal information requires correction or updating, MERSAW will make the necessary amendments to the client’s active file where applicable. Personal information contained in files that have been closed, or pertaining to matters of the client that have been resolved, will not be actively updated or maintained. MERSAW will retain personal information until the matter is closed or the retainer is terminated by either the client or MERSAW. All personal information will be returned to the client and only information pertaining to the services or litigation for which MERSAW was retained will be maintained in the file once it is closed. Closed files are retained for the period prescribed by relevant Egyptian Provincial legislation SAFEGUARDS MERSAW has implemented a number of physical, organizational and technological safeguards Appropriate to the sensitivity of the client\\\\\\\'s personal information, including but not limited to: Organizational Only MERSAW lawyers and employees working on the client\\\\\\\'s file will have access to the personal information contained in the file. Any third party individual or organization is required to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the client\\\\\\\'s personal information being transferred to a third party as required to fulfill the purposes for which MERSAW was retained. Technological MERSAW utilizes the most current firewall, virus protection and other technological safeguards to protect personal information that is retained on the computer network. MERSAW has implemented safe Internet and email use protocols for its lawyers and employees to reduce the risk of inadvertent disclosure as a result of Internet-sourced viruses or cookies. Regarding electronic transmission of personal information (i.e. email), there is no method of transmitting or storing data that is completely secure. MERSAW uses all available technological security in the transmission of the client\\\\\\\'s personal information, either in the course of communicating with the client, or in the course of communication with opposing or allied legal counsel and third party service providers. Notwithstanding these technological safeguards, all Internet transmissions are susceptible to possible loss, misrouting, interception and misuse. For this reason, as part of the retainer that the client signs with MERSAW, consent will be obtained from the client to transmit information via the Internet. WEBSITE Our website contains links to other sites, which are not governed by this privacy policy. On our website, like other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimize our web service. We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal information. OPENNESS MERSAW makes available its privacy policies and procedures regarding the handling of personal information that it collects for the duration of the retainer on the Internet website at www.mersaw.com As well, any inquiries regarding personal information management practices may be directed to the Chief Privacy Officer. INDIVIDUAL ACCESS Under Egyptian legal practice code, an individual is entitled to access to the personal information held about them with the following exceptions as permitted under the Egyptian Privacy Legislation: - No access will be granted if the information is protected by solicitor-client privilege or litigation privilege; - MERSAW will deny access if the individual seeking access fails to produce sufficient identification to verify that they are the individual about whose personal information access is being sought; - No access will be granted to personal information that is not about the individual seeking access; - No access will be granted to information that is part of a criminal investigation; - No access will be granted where such access would harm or interfere with law enforcement activities and other investigative functions of a body authorized by statute to perform such functions; - No access will be granted to information where such access might threaten the life, safety and security, including psychological safety, of the individual seeking access; - No access will be granted to the individual who is a minor or mentally incompetent; - MERSAW reserves the right to refuse access that it believes is repetitious, frivolous, or vexatious. Upon receiving a request for access in writing, MERSAW will endeavor to have the information available to the individual seeking access within 60 days of verification of the individual\\\\\\\'s identity. Where possible, MERSAW will provide the requested information at nominal cost to the individual. Where the information requested is stored off-site, MERSAW reserves the right to charge the individual seeking access, the cost to have such information retrieved from the offsite storage facility. The individual entitled to access may challenge the completeness of their personal information under MERSAW care and control. Upon successful demonstration that there is an error in the personal information held by MERSAW, MERSAW will amend the information where appropriate. INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS The Chief Privacy Officer will investigate all concerns or complaints respecting the handling of personal information under the control of MERSAW that are received in writing. As promptly as possible, the Chief Privacy Officer will report to the individual the results of the investigation and, where the complaint is found to be justified, steps will be taken to resolve the matter. If the individual is dissatisfied with the report provided by the Chief Privacy Officer, or feels that the corrective action taken by MERSAW is insufficient, the individual may direct a complaint to the Egyptian court in writing. AMENDMENT TO THE MERSAW PRIVACY POLICY This Privacy Policy is in effect as of January 1, 2010. Further, this Privacy Policy is subject to amendment in response to developments in the Legal practice legislation. The Chief Privacy Officer will review and revise this Privacy Policy from time to time and notification of any changes in this policy will be posted on MERSAW Internet website, as well as in MERSAW Privacy Policy brochure that will be available at all MERSAW locations. Any changes in the Privacy Policy will apply to personal information collected from the date of the posting of the revised Privacy Policy on MERSAW Internet website. CONTACT INFORMATION If a question arises regarding access to your personal information held by MERSAW, or there is a concern about the manner in which MERSAW collects, uses, retains and discloses your personal information as a client of MERSAW, please contact us at:cpo@mersaw.com Telephone: +20 (3) 584 4312
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