Shariff & Associates Website Privacy Statement
Last Updated: 2021-07-20
Our Firm is committed to providing Visitors with a Website that respects their privacy.
Security and Confidentiality
The transmission of data or information over the internet or other forms of networks may not be secure, and is subject to possible loss, interception, or alteration while in transit. The Firm cannot guarantee security of any communication to or from the Website. The Firm does not assume any liability for any damage You may experience or costs You may incur as a result of any electronic transmissions over the internet, other forms of networks or otherwise while using the Website.
Unless We have confirmed in writing that We represent or act for You, in no event will any information You provide on or through the Website be deemed to be confidential, create any fiduciary obligations to You on Our part, or result in any liability to You on Our part. Unsolicited emails from non-clients do not establish a lawyer-client relationship and may not be privileged. You should take reasonable and appropriate precautions to ensure compatibility of any website You visit with Your specific computer, mobile or other device. The Firm does not assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the internet.
Communicating with the Firm
Unless otherwise noted, We do not automatically gather any specific information from You, such as Your name, telephone number or email address. We would obtain this type of information only if You supplied it to Us, for example, by email or by filling in an online form.
If You choose to send an email message to the Firm or to complete a contact form on the Website, Your personal information will be used by Us to respond to Your inquiry. The information You provide will not be shared with any third parties for commercial purposes. The Firm does not use such information to create individual profiles, nor does it disclose the information to anyone other than persons at the Firm who need to provide You with a response. Information provided by You is used solely for the purpose for which it is intended.
Email messages and other electronic methods used to communicate with the Firm are not secure. Please do not send any sensitive personal information, such as Your Social Insurance Number or Your date of birth, through non-secure electronic channels.
Improving Your Experience on the Website
Web servers automatically collect information about visits to the Website, including the Visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned to all devices used to access the internet. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the Site.
We employ software programs that monitor network traffic and detect unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. These programs record the IP addresses of computers that visit this site. They also record the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, and the browsers and operating systems used by Visitors. We do not attempt to link this information to the identities of individual Users, unless an attempt to damage the Site has been detected.
Visitor IP addresses are also recorded by the Google Analytics software installed on the Website.
Digital Markers (including cookies)
A digital marker is a resource created by the Visitor’s browser in order to remember certain pieces of information for the web server to reference during the same or subsequent visits to the Website. Examples of digital markers are “cookies” or HTML5 web storage. Some examples of what digital markers do are as follows:
- they allow a website to recognize a previous visit each time the visitor accesses the site;
- they track what information is viewed on a site, which helps website administrators ensure visitors find what they are looking for.
We use digital markers on some portions of the Website. During Your online visit, Your browser exchanges data with Our web server. The digital markers used do not allow Us to identify individuals.
The provision of personal information for communications and information technology web analytics purposes is optional. You may refuse the installation of or delete the digital markers used by Our web analytics tools from Your device through the settings of Your web browser (more information for managing cookies in Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari).
Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about website traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage. Information in digital markers may be used for the purpose of web analytics to remember Your online interactions with our Website.
We use Google Analytics to improve the performance of the Website. When Your device requests a web page on the Website, Google Analytics collects user information such as:
- active users
- geo (location, language)
- technology (browser, operating system, network)
- devices (desktop, mobile, tablet)
- demographics (age, gender)
- user flow
- session quality
Such data may be used for statistical and administrative purposes to assist the Firm in making enhancements to the Website.
If you do not want Your information shared with the Analytics software, Google makes available a plug-in for Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers which prevents Your browser from sharing any information with Google Analytics. You may download and install the plug-in here.
We may use a captcha service called reCAPTCHA. reCAPTCHA is a service that protects the Website from spam and other types of automated abuse. The reCAPTCHA service may collect information from Your device for security purposes.
Google Places is a service that returns information about places using HTTP requests. Google Places service may collect information from You and from Your device for security purposes.
We may provide paid products and/or services within the Website. In that case, We may use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors) such as Stripe or PayPal.
These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.
When You use our Website to pay for a product and/or service via bank transfer, We may ask You to provide information to facilitate this transaction and to verify Your identity.
Third-Party Social Media
The Firm’s use of social media serves as an extension of its presence on the web. Social media accounts are public and are not hosted on Our servers. Users who choose to interact with the Firm via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications You use to access them.
The Firm has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party websites or services.