Anika is an online platform that connects users to experienced paralegals and a lawyer, who provide free legal advice in the area of residential tenancies using the Anika platform.
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In collecting, holding, using, disclosing and otherwise managing your personal information, Anika will comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act.
Personal information is information or an opinion about an identified, or reasonably identifiable, individual.
During the provision of any survey, questionnaire, online forum, legal information, legal advice or other service made available on or by this Website (together, our Services), or as a result of our other interactions or dealings with you, Anika may collect your personal information.
The kinds of personal information that Anika collects will vary depending on our particular interaction or dealing with you. However, generally speaking, the kinds of personal information Anika collects may include:
Generally, we do not collect sensitive information about individuals. However, if you apply for legal advice or assistance, we may collect sensitive information relating to the reason for which you are seeking our assistance. The kinds of sensitive information we may collect include, for example, your criminal record, financial position, health information, or information about your racial or ethnic origin, among other things. If we do need to collect sensitive information about you, we will only do so with your consent or where we are required to do so by law.
Note that as a legal practice, in addition to its privacy obligations, Anika has duties of confidentiality in respect of your information.
We also collect internet/technology related information from visitors to our Website or users of our other online services, including the referring URL, your IP address, which browser you used to come to the site, the country, state or province, the pages of our Website that you viewed during your visit and any search terms entered on our Website.
Generally, Anika collects your personal information directly from you. For example, Anika may collect your personal information:
Generally, Anika will only collect your personal information from sources other than you if it is unreasonable or impracticable to collect that personal information directly from you.
We may also collect other personal information sent to us by third parties, for instance, if this information is provided to us by you or another party via email or through our Website. Where personal information of a kind not referred to in this policy is received or inadvertently collected by Anika, we will use best endeavours to dispose of this information securely and in accordance with this policy.
Generally speaking, Anika collects and uses personal information so that we can provide our Services.
Some examples of the purposes for which Anika collects, holds, uses and discloses your personal information include to:
Where personal information is used or disclosed, Anika takes steps reasonable in the circumstances to ensure it is relevant to the purpose for which it is to be used or disclosed. You are under no obligation to provide your personal information to Anika. However, without certain information from you, Anika may not be able to provide Services or information to you or may be limited in how we can interact with you.
If you engage us to provide you with legal advice or assistance, e may disclose your personal information to landlords and their agents, and to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the VCAT”), as part of our advocacy.
If you post information or other content to public sections of our Websites or to our social media sites, you acknowledge that the information or content may be viewed by the public and/or users of the relevant Website or social media site.
Anika may use and disclose your personal information in order to inform you of information relating to its Services and information that may be of interest to you. In the event you do not wish to receive such communications, you can opt-out by contacting Anika via the contact details set out in paragrap or through any opt-out mechanism contained in a marketing communication to you.
Anika takes steps reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the personal information it holds is protected from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
Anika holds personal information in both hard copy and electronic forms in secured databases, and in electronic form on ‘cloud’ storage services, accessible only by authorised staff.
Anika will destroy or de-identify personal information in circumstances where it is no longer required for the provision of our Services, unless Anika is otherwise required or authorised by law to retain the information.
Where you become a member of our Website you may be issued with a user name and password or other sign in details, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your membership, whether or not authorised by you. You agree to immediately notify Anika of any unauthorised use of your user name or password.
Anika takes steps reasonable in the circumstances to ensure personal information it holds is accurate, up-to-date, complete, relevant and not misleading. If at any time you would like to access or correct the personal information that Anika holds about you, or you would like more information on Anika's approach to privacy, please contact Anika on the details set out in paragraph 12 below. Anika will use best endeavours to take steps reasonable in the circumstances to correct personal information, and will grant you access to this information to the extent required or authorised by the Privacy Act or other law.
To obtain access to your personal information:
Anika will endeavour to respond to your request to access or correct your personal information within 30 days from your request. If Anika refuses your request to access or correct your personal information, Anika will provide you with written reasons for the refusal and details of complaint mechanisms.
For further information or enquiries regarding your personal information or to make a privacy complaint, please contact Anika using any of the following contact details:
Post: Anika Legal, Level 2/520 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
At all times, privacy complaints:
Anika will acknowledge your complaint within 7 days of receipt and endeavour to resolve it within 30 days, unless Anika informs you otherwise.
Anika’s Privacy Manager will commence an investigation into your complaint. You will be informed of the outcome of your complaint following completion of the investigation. In the event that you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint, or an extension to the time in which Anika will resolve it, you may refer the complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
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