Privacy policy

Respect for privacy and confidentiality is an important concern for Paquette & Associés, Huissiers de justice s.e.n.c.r.l. / Gestion Informa inc. (hereinafter “Paquette”, “we”, “us” or “our”). For this reason, Paquette ensures that effective controls are in place to protect the confidential nature of personal information in its custody.

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) describes how Paquette collects, uses, discloses, and stores personal information that you may provide in connection with your use of Paquette’s website (the “Website”), the Paquette-Web Platform or services provided by Paquette (the “Services”). It also informs you of Paquette’s commitments regarding the management and protection of personal information.

By accessing this Website or using our Services, you consent to the collection, use, disclosure, and storage of your personal information in accordance with this Policy.

Who is the Policy for?

This Policy applies to anyone who communicates or interacts with us by any means, whether you are a customer or someone using our Platform or Services.

What is personal information?

This is any information that relates to a natural person and makes it possible, separately or combined with other data, to identify him or her. This may include, for example, your name, e-mail addresses, contact information and similar information provided to Paquette. Such information is not considered personal information when it is aggregated and cannot be associated with an identifiable individual. Personal information generally does not include business information, such as an individual’s name, title or business title, business address, business telephone number, business fax number or business e-mail address.

Sources of personal information

We collect personal information about you from:

  • You :
    • When you provide this information directly to us, and
    • When personal information about you is automatically collected as part of your use of our services.
  • Third parties, when they provide us with personal information about you, information that is necessary to conduct the mandates entrusted to us.

Personal information you provide voluntarily

When you visit our website or create an account on our Paquette-Web Platform or use our services, we may ask you to voluntarily provide us with certain personal information (such as your name, e-mail address, mailing address and telephone number) so that we can more easily communicate with you and offer you the services you require.

Personal information automatically collected

Cookies – When you access the Web Site, we use a browser feature called a “cookie” to automatically collect certain non-identifiable user information, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address that identifies the computer, the IP address of the Internet service provider, and the name and version of the Web browser, the date and time the user accesses the Web Site, the Internet address from which the user directly accesses the Web Site, the operating system used, the sections of the Web Site visited, the Web pages read and images viewed, and the documents displayed on or downloaded from the Web Site. A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that identifies the visitor’s browser (but does not necessarily identify the visitor) to our computers each time someone visits our website.

We use cookies to administer our website and services, and to analyze how our site and services are used. They also allow us to better understand your interests and provide you with a more personalized online experience. You can reset your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or decline cookies. However, if you refuse cookies, you may not be able to use some of the features on our Web site.

By using our website, you acknowledge that we use essential cookies, and you consent to the use of non-essential cookies.

Purposes for which we collect personal information

Paquette uses the personal information collected about you for the following purposes:

  • Respond to or follow up on your requests for services, questions, or comments.
  • Create and manage your online account and provide you with the services you have subscribed to.
  • To personalize and improve your experience on our website.
  • To conduct analyses and statistics on our audience, our clientele, and the use of our Services, to better understand the interests and preferences of our customers.
  • Analyze user data on an aggregated and anonymous basis.
  • Detect security incidents and protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activities.
  • Take any other action for which personal information has been collected.
  • For other purposes described in this Policy or permitted by law.

Information used for follow-ups – Paquette may use non-identifiable information about its users to create aggregate tracking information reports regarding the demographics of users of the Website or our Services. This non-identifiable information is used for system and Web Site administration purposes, to better understand your interests and to improve the site.

Electronic communications – If you provide your e-mail address, Paquette may occasionally send you commercial electronic messages in the form of e-mail, to inform you of important updates, offer you a new service or product, including those offered by entities belonging to the same group of companies.

Targeted Advertising – By using cookies and web beacons, Paquette can provide you with advertising that is more relevant to your needs because it is targeted to your interests. When you visit our Web site, cookies and web beacons tell us which pages are of interest to you. As a result, we can then display advertising that matches your interests. These technologies do not contain any personal or financial information that could identify you. They may contain a unique identifier necessary for retargeting. When you click on one of these ads, Paquette may also track the response rate of the campaign.

Disclosure of personal information

We cannot communicate to a third party the personal information contained in the file that we hold on you, except if you consent in writing, if the law provides for it or if the circumstances justify it in the context of our work as bailiffs. In particular, we may communicate to a third party the personal information contained in the file we hold on you if this communication is made for the same purposes.

When personal information about you is sent outside Paquette, it is sent in such a way as to ensure confidentiality, even if you are the recipient.

Disclosures to our service providers – We may also share your information with third-party suppliers, consultants, and other service providers we employ to perform tasks or services on our behalf. These entities include, but are not limited to, our suppliers, web analytics companies (e.g., Google Analytics), e-mail service providers (e.g., Mailchimp) and others.

Disclosure to Government Agencies – We may disclose your personal information to government agencies that are authorized by law to obtain the information, or where Paquette has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, or to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to comply with court rules regarding the production of records or information, or to protect the rights and property of Paquette.

Business Transaction – If Paquette undergoes a merger or other reorganization, it may disclose your Personal information to the resulting organization.

Retention and security of personal information

Retention – The personal information we hold about you is kept in an electronic file whose purpose is to enable you to benefit from Paquette’s service offering and complementary services.

Security – We take and apply the necessary and appropriate security measures to ensure the confidentiality of personal information in our possession, and to protect it against loss, destruction, theft, as well as unauthorized consultation, communication, reproduction, use and modification. Personal information contained in files is therefore accessible only to those who need to know it in the performance of their duties, and who consult it only when necessary.

Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Internet and Internet technology, security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated, and Paquette cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed in a manner contrary to this Policy.

Wherever possible, we ensure that the personal information we hold about you is up to date before we use it.

Right of access, rectification, and deletion

By contacting Paquette at , you can:

  • Request access to your personal information and information about Paquette’s collection, use and disclosure of that information.
  • Request to change or update your personal information; and
  • Request the deletion of your personal information.

Subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law, you will be given reasonable access to the personal information we hold about you and will be entitled to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate. You can help Paquette maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying Paquette of any necessary changes.

When you request the deletion of your personal information, your request will be processed in accordance with applicable laws. Please be aware that Paquette may retain some of your personal information to comply with its legal and regulatory obligations or if it is still required for the purposes for which it was collected.

Refusal and withdrawal of consent

By contacting Mélanie Cardinal, Privacy Officer, at , you may withdraw or change your consent to the use and disclosure of your personal information, or opt out of certain uses and disclosures, subject to legal or contractual restrictions. If you refuse to provide us with your personal information or to give us the required consents, we may not be able to do business with you or provide you with the services you have requested.

Electronic communications – At any time, you can have your name removed from our promotional or marketing electronic communications mailing lists by unsubscribing from our e-mailings or by changing your preferences in your Paquette account settings.

Cookies – You can block the use of cookies by activating the appropriate setting in your browser. For more information on how to block cookies using your browser settings, please visit our website.

Retention period of personal information

We retain your personal information for as long as we have a legitimate need to do so. Even if you have ceased to do business with us, we must retain certain information because, among other reasons, it is required by law, notably under our contractual obligations mentioned in the Regulation respecting the keeping of records and studies of members of the Chambre des huissiers de justice du Québec and respecting the cessation of their practice. When this information is no longer required, it is destroyed. In the process of destroying information, we observe strict rules and ensure that no unauthorized person has access to it.

Policy revision

We may make changes or additions to this Policy at any time, so we encourage you to review it periodically. If we make changes to this Policy, we will notify you by changing the effective date of this Policy at the top of the page.

How to reach us

If you have a question, concern or complaint about your privacy or our privacy practices, you may contact the Privacy Officer by e-mail at . You may also contact us by mail at our head office: 600-215, rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1M6. Include your name and contact information, the nature of your inquiry or complaint, and any other relevant information. Contact the Paquette team by e-mail or via our contact form.