Blackwood Legal is bound by the Privacy Act 2020 (Privacy Act) and we are committed to ensuring we comply with our legal obligation. Our principal address is Professional House, Level 1, 12-18 Seddon Street, Pukekohe.
Why does Blackwood Legal collect personal information?
We collect personal information in order to conduct our business, to provide and market our services and to meet our legal obligations, including (but not limited to) in relation to our anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance obligations.
Who does Blackwood Legal collect personal information about?
We collect and hold personal information about (but not limited to):
What kinds of personal information does Blackwood Legal collect?
In general, and depending upon the nature of the person’s connection with Blackwood Legal, the type of personal information we collect and hold includes (but is not limited to):
names, addresses, contact details, date of birth, occupations, personal preference payment details, employment history and/or details, education and qualifications, testimonials and feedback, nature of relationship to our client, evidence of source of funds (in some cases) and other information which assists us in conducting our business, providing and marketing our services and meeting our legal obligations.
In some cases, if personal information we request is not provided, it might adversely impact our ability to supply the relevant product or service or to perform our obligation.
How does Blackwood Legal collect personal information?
Except as otherwise permitted by law, we will collect personal information:
Management of personal information
We take reasonable steps to protect the security of personal information. Blackwood Legal staff are required to respect the confidentiality of personal information and the privacy of individuals.
We take reasonable steps to protect personal information held by us from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure, for example by use of physical security and restricted access to electronic records.
Where we no longer require your personal information we will comply with our legal obligations in respect of that information.
How might Blackwood Legal collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information?
In general, we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:
To whom might Blackwood Montagna disclose your personal information?
We may disclose your personal information to:
How can you access and correct your personal information?
We endeavour to ensure that the personal information we hold is accurate, complete and up to date. We encourage you to contact us in order to update any personal information we hold about you. Contact details are set out below. You have the right to correct any personal information we hold about you in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Subject to the exceptions set out in the Privacy Act, you may seek access to the personal information which we hold about you by contacting our offices on 09 283 8432.
We will require you to verify your identity and to specify what information you require. A fee may be charged for providing access. If a fee is to be charged, we will advise you of the likely cost in advance.
How can you make a privacy complaint?
If you have any questions about privacy related issues or wish to complain about the handling of your personal information by us, please contact our Director Peter Montagna. We may ask you to lodge your complaint in writing. Any complaint will be investigated by the Director/s and you will be notified of the decision in relation to your complaint as soon as practicable after it is made, usually within 20 working days.
If we are unable to satisfactorily resolve your concerns about our handling of your personal information, you can contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at: PO Box 10-094, The Terrace, Wellington 6143, phone 0800 803 909, http://privacy.org.nz/.
Updates to this Policy
This Policy will be reviewed from time to time to take account of new laws and technology, changes to our operations and practices and the changing business environment. The most current version of this Policy is located at www.blackwoodlegal.co.nz and can be obtained by contacting our offices on 09 283 8432.