Altea regards the protection of your privacy and the security of processing your private data as being of utmost importance. Personal data is processed in compliance with the provisions resulting from the applicable legal texts regarding protection of privacy with regard to the processing of personal data.
We ensure the protection of the privacy of all people whose data we collect, whether they are a visitor to the website, a supplier or potential supplier, a lawyer, a contact or instructing client, a client, a natural or legal person calling on our services as a litigant, any company, public authority, professional federation, school, partner with whom we have maintained or wish to maintain a form of collaboration and whose personal data we process, and any person who voluntarily provides us with their personal data which will be held on file.
We only collect personal data that is appropriate, relevant and limited to what is strictly necessary with regard to the aims of our duties and our work.
In general, the following data will be collected and processed: identification, including the following data: surname, first name, home address, telephone number, sex, date and place of birth, marital status, nationality, photo ID; computer identification, including the following data: the person’s electronic IP address, email address, an automatically generated password; household composition; personal characteristics; financial data, particularly banking data; professional and educational qualifications, including degrees, grades, certificates, professional experience, as well as any other data that might prove necessary for the duties that we are required to undertake.
We collect our data through various means: when you make yourself known to our services as a contact person in the context of a collaboration or file management, when you appear on a list of lawyers, if you subscribe to our newsletters, if you have had a consultation with us or opened a file with Altea, if you are an appropriate contact person so that we can initiate contact regarding the services that we provide or the events that we organise; when you make yourself known to our services as a litigant in order to benefit from the services offered as part of our legal duties; on your own initiative through any clear positive act, any indication of will, free, specific, enlightened and unequivocal, particularly email, SMS, orally by telephone, during a visit, during an event, by giving your business card or in any other way; when your data is publicly disclosed or if you yourself have made it publicly available on public/social media, particularly professional media such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Through cookies as a result of your browsing our website.
It may also be necessary to process your data in order to fulfil our contractual or pre-contractual obligations to you. In these instances, processing assures: Management of the services that we provide; billing; replying to your specific questions; management of our website.
We share certain parts of your personal data only if it is necessary to fulfil the aims listed above, to carry out our contract properly, to fulfil a legal obligation or defend a legitimate interest or also with your consent.
We may share certain parts of your data with co-contracting parties, named “subcontractors” in data protection legislation, where strictly necessary for the operation of applications or computerised or non-computerised management systems to which we have subscribed.
In addition, your data can be accessed by our team members or any technical advisers where strictly necessary for them to carry out their tasks and perform their obligations.
In these instances, it is likely that we will transmit your data to the judicial or administrative authorities or representatives of the law where related to the defence of our interests; to authorities or entities within the confines of the law, decree or any regulatory provision applicable in Belgium.
Your data will be kept throughout the duration of our contractual relationship and thereafter for as long as required by law in order for us to meet our legal obligations, including ordinal, tax and accounting. After this, your data will be destroyed.
We make every effort to keep your data as secure as possible from any illicit use. To do this, we use state-of-the-art physical, administrative and organisational and technical means.
Except where contradicted by a legal provision in force in Belgium, such as GDPR or professional secrecy, under the regulations you have the following rights in particular: Right of access, including the right to know if Altea is processing your data; the right to have a copy of the data processed, the right to amend the data processed, the right to object to the data processed, the right to have the data processed deleted, the right to the portability of the data processed, if your data is processed as part of our contractual obligations or a consent; the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority: https://www.dataprotectionauthority.be/