Effective 1 May 2019.
Last updated: N/A
Who We Are
This website belongs to Barry C. McGuire Professional Corporation (“we,” “us,” “our”). Our address is: https://barrymcguire.ca (the/this/our “site”), which includes a re-direct for investorlawyer.ca. Barry is a real estate lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, acting as Senior Counsel at Field Law. The site provides free information about buying and selling property, whether as a home or an investment. Use of this site does not constitute legal advice, nor does it make Barry your lawyer—unless you choose to enter into a paid or formal client/attorney relationship with him. The site has a shop offering products for purchase related to buying, selling, and investing in real estate, and it also links to Barry’s paid workshops that teach how to invest in real estate using Creative Strategies.
What Data We Collect from Visitors and Why
Like most websites, we collect information about our visitors. Non-personally identifying data is collected automatically from your Internet browser. This information is used to help us understand how people engage with the site. In some cases, we ask visitors to provide personal data directly, such as when someone wants to send us a message, sign up for our newsletter, or purchase a product. In these cases, we only collect the data we need to manage the interaction and keep records of it.
If you send us a message using a contact form on the site, we collect information that you provide. The data we collect may include your IP address, user agent, and referrer, in addition the information you provide directly like your name, email address, and the message itself. We collect this data to help us communicate with you in response to your message, as well as to help us fend off spam.
What Third Parties Collect Data from/for Us
In order to run the site, we use tools and services from third parties. Some of the data we collect is shared with these third parties, or else they collect data for us.
We track visits to the site by collecting non-personally identifying data. This data includes browser type, language preferences, referring URL, search terms that led to the visit, visitor location, and day/time. This information is retained indefinitely as a record of the site’s activity over time in order to help us understand our audience. Our site is hosted by WordPress and makes use of their analytics tools to collect and display this info internally to our team: https://automattic.com/privacy/
We also use additional analytics from Google, which tracks similar information but allows different segmentation metrics and also integrates with our store: https://policies.google.com/privacy
Blog posts and pages on this site may include embedded content from other websites (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor had visited the other website.
These other websites may collect data about you, including personal information about your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Currently, the main form of embedded content is from YouTube: https://policies.google.com/privacy
When a visitor shares content from the site using third party services like social media, data is collected by those services. Our site also keeps a record of the interaction, which may include the visitor’s username and/or profile picture from the third-party service.
In order to use a social or web sharing service, a visitor must be logged in to that service. To see what data is collected and how, the privacy policies of those services may be found at the following links.
When a visitor shares content from the site via the email “share” button, we collect some data. The information includes: sharer’s name and email address (if they are logged in to WordPress, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address, user agent, and the shared link. We collect this information to help us prevent our site from being used for spam.
To prevent spam, the information we collect about visitors who send us messages or share our content with the mail “share” button is passed to WordPress’s Akismet anti-spam service. We do this so they can verify messages before they reach us or prevent email sharing from our site being used for spam: https://automattic.com/privacy/
Visitors who sign up for our newsletter are asked to provide their name and email address. We send that data to MailChimp, which is the service we use for our listserv https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/
Podcast and Affiliate Links
The site hosts a free podcast, which may be listened to directly from a web browser. We also provide links to the iTunes store, where it is possible to subscribe for free to the podcast for automatic remote downloads. We are part of the iTunes affiliate program, meaning that we get a commission if someone follows a link from our site, and then buys something from the store within a certain amount of time. A record of the customer journey is kept by Apple: https://www.apple.com/ca/legal/privacy
What Data We Collect from Our Store
We use the WooCommerce plugin to power our online store. If you visit the store and/or make a purchase from us, we collect information about your interaction.
We track certain non-personally identifying information to help us tailor your shopping experience, estimate sales tax, etc. In addition to standard data collection like your IP address, browser type, language, and location, we also track viewed products and products added to cart
If you buy things from our store, we ask for your name, billing address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We use this information to communicate with you about your order, process payments, prevent fraud, comply with our legal obligations (e.g., collecting tax), etc.
If you choose to create an account, we will store your name, address, email, and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.
We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them. Reviews may only be left by registered user accounts with a verified purchase of the product being reviewed.
Who Has Access to Your Customer Data
We are a small business, so all team members have access to the information you give us to help fulfill orders, process refunds, and support you. We can access order data, including what was purchased and when, as well as customer data, including name, contact details, and billing information.
What Customer Data We Share with Third Parties
We share collected information with certain third parties who help us run our store.
In order to process payments, some of your data must be shared, such as the purchase total and billing information. We currently accept PayPal payments: https://www.paypal.com/ca/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full and credit card payments through Stripe: https://stripe.com/gb/privacy
Google Advertising Analytics
We collect additional data for our store in order to better understand our visitors and their customer journey. This data is fed through Google Analytics Advertising: https://policies.google.com/privacy.
The information includes standard analytics augmented by items added to cart, items removed from cart, product impressions, product listing clicks, product detail views, checkout processes, completed purchases, demographics, and interests. Google offers a tool for opting out: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/
Question and Concerns about Data and Privacy
Your Data Rights
You can request to review the personal data we hold about you, including any information you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
How Long We Store Personal Data
We generally store personal information about you as long as we need the data for the purposes that we collected it for, or as long as we are legally required to store it.
If you send us a message, the comment and its metadata (name, email address, date, etc.) are retained indefinitely. That way, messages are automatically approved instead of being held for moderation, and we have a record of our previous communication for future reference.
If you visit our store, we log purchase information for a minimum of seven years for tax and accounting purposes, including your name, email address, and billing/shipping address(es).
If you have data or privacy concerns, you may contact us using the form below.