We thank for your interest in our online presence. The protection of your personal data is a central concern for WTS Blackwoodstone. This Notice explains how we obtain, use and disclose your personal information, in accordance with the requirements of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.
We are committed to protecting your privacy and to ensure that your personal information is collected and used properly, lawfully, and transparently.
We collect and process your personal information collected through our website mainly:
- to render general legal and tax services
- to confirm, verify and to update client details for quotation, invoicing and reporting purposes; and
- in connection with and to comply with legal and regulatory requirements or when it is otherwise allowed by law.
We will use your personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and agreed with you. In addition, where necessary your data may be retained for legal or research purposes.
We collect data directly from you where you provide us with your personal details.
Disclosure of information
We may disclose your personal data to our service providers who are involved in the delivery of products or services to you.
We may also disclose your data where we have a duty or a right to disclose in terms of law or industry codes, where we believe it is necessary to protect our rights or to our auditors, legal advisors, etc.
When we disclose your personal data to third parties who perform services on our behalf, we ensure that such service providers use your data only in accordance with our instructions.
We may share personal data with other WTS member firms where necessary for administrative purposes and to provide professional services to our clients (e.g. when providing services involving WTS member firms in different countries).
Should you make an enquiry through our website which concerns one of the WTS member firms we will forward the request to them on your behalf.
We do not sell or rent your personal data for any purpose.
Storage and retention and destruction of information
We will hold your personal data on our systems for the longest of the following periods: (i) as long as is necessary for the purpose of which it was collected; (ii) any retention period that is required by law; or (iii) the end of the liability period in which litigation or investigations might arise in respect of our services. After the applicable retention period(s) have expired, personal data will be permanently deleted.
We will ensure that your personal information which you provide to us will be held and/or stored securely.
Your Rights: Access to information
You have the right to:
- Access the personal data we hold about you
- Ask us to update, correct or delete your personal data
- Withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data (where we process your personal data based on consent)
- Put in place restrictions on our processing of your personal data
- Object to our processing of your personal data
- Ask us to transfer your data to another controller (data portability)
We will handle all exercise of your data subject rights in accordance with the requirements of applicable privacy law. Should you wish to exercise any of your data subject rights or have any questions about this statement please contact us using our contact form.
We ensure appropriate technical and organisational controls are in place to protect your personal data from loss, misuse, alteration, and unintentional destruction, such as the use of anti-virus, firewalls, secure servers, hard disk encryption software, password protection, physical access controls, two-factor authentication, intrusion and anomaly detection.
Our personnel who have access to your personal data have been trained to maintain the confidentiality of such data. They will only be granted access to your personal data to the extent that they need this information to perform their duties properly. The persons who can consult your data are also bound by strict professional discretion.
Conditions to protect data to at least the same standard as we do are cascaded to all our contractors, (sub) processors and suppliers.
Regular monitoring and testing of our security defences is carried out to ensure they continue to be effective against the latest threats.
Data transferred over the internet by us and through this website are protected using encryption technologies. No transaction carried out over the internet can ever be guaranteed to be secure.
E-mail Legal Notice
This e-mail disclaimer shall take precedence over any other e-mail disclaimer(s).
The information contained in any e-mail communication, attachments and all subsequent e-mail communications and attachments, collectively referred to as an electronic message, is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the receiver (individual or entity) to whom we have addressed the electronic message to and others authorized by us to receive it. If you are not the intended receiver you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you are not the intended receiver of any electronic message (or such person’s authorized representative), then please notify the sender of the electronic message immediately by return e-mail and delete the electronic message from your system.
You may not print, store, forward or copy an electronic message or any part thereof or disclose or cause information in this electronic message to be disclosed to any other person. We are not liable for the improper or incomplete transmission of the information contained in an electronic message, or for any delay in its receipt. We are not liable for any harm or loss resulting from malicious software code or viruses in an electronic message, including data corruption resulting therefrom. Any advice or information contained in an electronic message is subject also to any governing agreement between us. Only an individual expressly authorized in writing by us can bind us contractually. Unless expressly indicated as such, nothing in an electronic message constitutes an offer, warranty or representation from us.
No electronic communication including any data message such as an e-mail or SMS, sent or received will give rise to a binding legal transaction. We will not be liable if any variation is affected to any document or correspondence e-mailed unless that variation has been approved in writing and signed by an authorized representative. An electronic message is only deemed to be received by us once we acknowledge receipt thereof. It will be deemed that we have sent an electronic message once reflected as sent on our e-mail server. An autoreply shall not constitute a response for the purposes hereof. If an electronic message contains offensive, derogatory or defamatory statements or materials, it means the message has been sent outside the sender’s scope of employment with us and only the sender can be held liable in his/her personal capacity.