First Floor, Victoria Buildings, 8, Triq l-Għenieq,Naxxar NXR3622, Malta

Privacy Policy

Dr Arthur Azzopardi B.A., LL.M., LL.D.

Managing Partner

arthur@abalegal.eu

+356 9942 7802

Introduction

This privacy policy regulates our use of the data you provide us or which we otherwise process. It is meant to facilitate your understanding of our commitment to comply with your data rights and explain accordingly our use thereof. We intend this policy to be in line with prevailing law, mainly the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (“GDPR”) and Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta.

All information you provide us, inclusive of your personal data, is given to us because it is necessary for us to provide you the services you requested and, or because you have provided it to us in order to take steps at your request prior to engaging our services or with a view to so engage us.

We may also request or obtain data or information for other purposes tied with the provision of legal services, such as to ensure compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or in order to protect the vital and, or legitimate interests of yourself, ourselves or all those concerned according to law.

Moreover, processing of your data and information is or may be necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims to be brought forward by us in your own interest and according to your own instructions.

While you freely and voluntarily provide us with your data and information, consent is not a necessary legal basis for us to process your data, inclusive of special categories of data according to law. However, you are giving your explicit consent for the purposes referred above in addition to the the other legal bases.

All our service providers and employees are bound by confidentiality and secrecy obligations according to contract and law, which means that they are not allowed to process the data and information you provide or on your person beyond the scope of our professional legal services to be rendered to you according to your instructions.

Further on, this document includes further information to clarify the nature of the processing of your data according to law.

( To enquire or clarify any doubts, kindly contact us by email at arthur@abalegal.eu or postal mail at First Floor, Victoria Buildings, Triq l-Għenieq, Naxxar, NXR 3622, Malta. )

Legal bases

Processing of your data is based on the following legal bases, depending on the purpose involved in any given case.

For the purpose of providing you our professional legal services:

  • Data is being processed to provide our services according to contract and, or law. – (Article 6(1)(b)  of the GDPR); and, or
  • Data is being processed to protect your vital interests or those of your dependents (such as children under your care). – (Article 6(1)(d) of the GDPR); and, or
  • Data is being processed as necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims. – (Article 9(2)(f) of the GDPR); and, or
  • Data is being processed for compliance with a legal obligation; – (Article 6(1)(c) of the GDPR); and, or
  • Data is being processed based on your explicit consent as given to our firm. – (Article 6(1)(a) and, or Article 9(2)(a) of the GDPR).

For the purpose of visiting our website:

  • Any data being gathered and processed through our website is based on your voluntary actions and is provided based on your consent, or for any one or more of the purposes in the preceding section.

Who will receive your data and what for?

Your data will be received and accessed by the employees and service providers of our firm involved in one of the purposes referred above. Said persons are bound by confidentiality and secrecy obligations within the firm and at law.

With regards to our website, third party service providers involved in our information technology setup may also receive your details exclusively for the purposes of allowing the same setup to function accordingly and allowing us to fulfil the purposes above. The setup involves our website, mailing list application and data storage systems. Such third party service providers are bound by confidentiality obligations towards our company and they process your data exclusively for the purposes of this policy. These third party services may involve data transfers to non-European Union countries which have ensured compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) of the European Union.

The data you provided will be processed for as long as you wish to allow us and for the purposes referred above. We will contact all third parties to effect the deletion of your data in any given instance when it is no longer needed or when you require it.

Deletion of your data is subject to our and your obligations of law, including the settlement of any dues towards our firm and, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims in relation to said dues and obligations.

The above is without prejudice to our obligations at law to provide data as requested, for example to law enforcement or judicial authorities.

Your rights

You may gain access to the data you provided us by contacting us on arthur@abalegal.eu or by making a request by calling us on 00356 21433000. We shall provide you with a copy of the data you provided us through the same email address you have provided us with. You may also contact us in the same manner to inform us that you wish to correct the data you provided or that you wish us to delete it. You may also receive your data as held by us and provide it to third parties at your own will. We will endeavour to provide your data on a common and easily accessible medium, such as an email listing the data you provided or in paper format.

When your data is processed based on your consent, you may inform us that you wish to withdraw your consent at any time and at which point, unless there are other legal bases, we will not process your data any longer. Without withdrawing your consent, you may also request us to stop processing the data you provided in accordance with the GDPR.

We will inform you of any substantial changes to this privacy policy before they are given effect, and for purposes requiring your consent we shall enquire with you to provide us your consent anew.

We endeavour to ensure the greatest respect for your rights and as such we would like to assure you our operations are subject and compliant with the GDPR and this declaration is without prejudice to your rights under the GDPR. For enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information and Data Protection Commissioner of Malta in relation to the processing of your data by our company or with another relevant authority according to article 77 of the GDPR.

Should you have engaged our services, this policy is without prejudice to your rights and obligations as regards the same and we reserve our rights accordingly, inclusive of our rights as regards legal claims under the GDPR.