Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
The Firm and all its members shall safeguard and keep confidential any information collected relating to clients that is required to be kept confidential and safeguarded in accordance with governing laws, regulatory authorities, Rules of Professional Conduct/Code of Ethics, the Firm's policy and specific client instructions or agreements.
Scope of Policy
Confidential information includes, but is not limited to:
Name or other unique identifiers;
Addresses, phone, fax, e-mail;
Age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, personal relationships;
Political, religious, social or other similar affiliations;
Buying and consumption tendencies;
Financial or business information of any nature;
Proprietary trade information, secrets, processes, products or market knowledge;
Government or other regulatory information identification numbers or similar identities; and
Electronic documents, data and communications.
Collection and Retention of Information
The Firm and all its members shall collect and retain only such personal or business information as is necessary for the purposes required to fulfill the Firm's engagement responsibilities.
Personal and client information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes or for professional, regulatory and legal requirements.
Access and Use of Information
Client information and any personal information obtained shall be used or disclosed only for the purpose for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or entity or as required by law.
Upon request, an individual or entity should be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of their personal information and given access. Such information does not necessarily include working papers, which are the property of the Firm.