Templars is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential and “Personal Information” (information that directly or indirectly identifies individuals who may be clients, staff, agents, lawyers, law students, job applicants or others inside or outside the firm).
This Policy sets out Templar’s commitment to ensuring that any personal data, including special category personal data as defined in paragraph 8 of this Policy, which Templars processes, is carried out in compliance with laws which regulate Data Protection in Nigeria as well as all other applicable international Data Protection Laws and Policies. Templars is committed to ensuring that its processing of personal data is carried out in accordance with these Laws.
This Policy applies to all personal data processed by Templars and is part of Templars approach to compliance with Data Protection and Privacy Laws and principles. All Templars staff are expected to comply with this policy and failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action for misconduct, including dismissal.
The Site and our Services are operated by Templars (“we”, “us” or “our”). The data controller responsible for your personal information processed via the Site or in relation to our Services is Templars.
Templars is a Nigerian registered partnership of lawyers whose registered office is at 13a A.J Marinho Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Templars complies with the data protection principles set out below. When processing personal data, it ensures that:
The scope of personal data we process includes:
As a Law firm operating primarily in Nigeria, Templars collects data from clients, staff, agents, lawyers, law students, job applicants or others inside or outside the firm in the following circumstances;
Templars will ensure that all staff who handle personal data on its behalf are aware of their responsibilities under this Policy and other relevant data protection and information security policies, and that they are adequately trained and supervised.
Breaching this policy may result in disciplinary action for misconduct, including dismissal. Obtaining (including accessing) or disclosing personal data in breach of Templars data protection policies may also be a criminal offence.
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The Partners and staff of Templars take ultimate responsibility for data protection. Consistent with our professional obligations, it has always been the policy of the firm to exercise the utmost discretion regarding the information our clients entrust to us.
We maintain reasonable and appropriate, albeit not infallible, physical, electronic and procedural safeguards intended to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information, including that provided by a visitor to this website and provided while using other Internet Services. We do not guarantee that our safeguards will always work.
We require consultants, suppliers and vendors to maintain data protections consistent with reasonable and appropriate obligations of data processors, including, where applicable, European Union’s data protection laws and regulations.
We may retain information provided by you, including Personal Information, for as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, or to achieve the purposes for which the information was originally collected and for the purposes described in the Statement and in our applicable policies. If you wish to obtain more details on our information practices, please refer to the “Contact details” provided above.
Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Information
As a Firm with legal practice spanning across various parts of the country, we operate systems that may make data related to your matters accessible from our various offices around the world and often transfer client data which may include Personal Information between our offices. Where we share or transfer your personal data, we will do this in accordance with applicable data protection laws and will take appropriate safeguards to ensure its protection.
Retaining your personal data
At Templars we will delete all personal data received once it is no longer reasonably required for the Authorized Uses or consent has been withdraw (whichever is applicable), provided that we are not legally required or otherwise authorized to continue to hold such data. We may retain your personal data for an additional period to the extent that deletion would require us to overwrite our automated disaster recovery backup systems or to the extent we deem it necessary to assert or defend legal claims during any relevant retention period.
Templars has processes in place to ensure that it can facilitate any request made by an individual to exercise their rights under Data Protection Law. All staff have received training and are aware of the rights of data subjects. Staff can identify such a request and know who to send it to.
All requests will be considered without undue delay and within one month of receipt as far as possible.
This policy was last updated on 15th November 2018 and shall be regularly monitored and reviewed, at least every six months.