An organization entrusted with personal information about its clients and employees has a responsibility to protect the privacy of that information. Grant Thornton** takes this responsibility very seriously. Clients and employees of the firm should expect nothing less.
Principle #1: Accountability
Grant Thornton is accountable for all personal information in its possession or custody, including any personal information disclosed to third parties for processing or other administrative functions, and for professional standards purposes.
Grant Thornton has designated a Chief Privacy Officer to be accountable for overall privacy protection and compliance. Grant Thornton’s Chief Privacy Officer can be reached at 50 Bay St. 12th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Z8 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principle #2: Identifying Purposes
Grant Thornton shall identify the purposes for which personal information is collected either before or at the time the information is collected.
Principle #3: Consent
The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate, or where required or permitted by law.
Principle #4: Limiting collection
Collection of personal information shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Grant Thornton, and information shall be collected by fair and lawful means.
Principle #5: Limiting use, disclosure and retention
Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required or permitted by applicable law, rules or regulations. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
Principle #6: Accuracy
Personal information shall be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it is to be used.
Principle #7: Safeguards
Personal information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity level of the information.
Principle #8: Openness
Grant Thornton shall make information available to its clients and employees about the policies and practices that apply to the management of their information.
Principle #9: Individual access
Upon request, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of their information, and shall be given access to it. An individual may verify the accuracy and completeness of their information, and may request that it be amended if appropriate.
Principle #10: Challenging compliance