Are you looking into profile removal requests?
We appreciate the outpouring of positive feedback from the legal community. Many law firms love the profiles.
The public also seems to be excited about there being a better way to leave reviews for lawyers.
Law firms can use the profiles to generate new clients and to build trust with the community.
Building a profile for every lawyer in Canada has been hard, and the positive feedback keeps us going.
We also love when lawyers want to improve their profiles. Our company is available to help make this happen.
We are in the early days of our plan to build a profile for each lawyer in Canada. Soon, lawyers will be able to edit their profile on their own, without contacting us. They can take ownership of their own profiles.
At this time, please contact us if you wish to make changes to your profile. Put in the subject line “PLEASE UPDATE PROFILE.” Please make sure to only contact us via the contact form on your profile.
Do not reach out any other way, or your email will be ignored. We cannot take requests over Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin… etc.
We can update photos, addresses, areas of law… etc. We will not remove profiles.
While the Law Society is not our regulator, we sent our business model to them, and they had no issues.
Hear the audio blog below to learn more.
There are 130,000 lawyers in Canada, so we have our work cut out for us. Please be patient as we build the profiles.
Just like the open court principle, we are pushing for transparency in the legal industry. This is the same principle that some people hate with CanLII.
After their trial, their personal matters go online for all to see. You might not agree with it, but it’s the way things are in democratic systems.
Of course, the person who wins at trial doesn’t mind. The person that loses wants their information off the internet.
The general long-term goal is to enable the public to make better choices about the lawyers and law firms they hire.
This will be done by promoting verified lawyer profiles, verified reviews, and a central place to see all public information about the lawyer.
Any information about law society discipline will also show on the profiles.
There is also the problem of clients leaving fake unverified reviews on Lawyer Ratingz and Avvo. We are working on a way to make sure that all client reviews are verified as accurate. Law firms will love it.
You do not have to be concerned with a data breach or hacking. All information was taken from the internet. We did not purchase or collect any information about you from non-internet sources.
If the information is on your profile, it was already on the internet.
The use of any information we collect is simply to create the profiles. We do not sell information.
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One day we will allow for on-profile advertising. We recommend reaching out to us to learn how you can grow your practice. There are significant opportunities to grow your practice by working with us.
Our company is doing something special that could solve the access to justice problem.
While we work on creating something truly special, don’t worry about the profile. It’s nowhere near complete. Also, some lawyers that contact us think we are a law firm. We are not.
Can I Get My Profile Taken Down?
We do not remove profiles from our site. Our company will allow updates if we posted an incorrect picture of you or the address is wrong. We also recommend reaching out if your profile doesn’t have a picture.
Having a picture up builds trust with the public.
We get all information from public information that is already listed on the internet. Our company retained lawyers that focus on privacy law, and we can use public information (names, pictures, law firm names, practice areas etc.)
We do not need your consent to use publically available information.
Google, Bing, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Baidu, and Amazon do the same thing. The companies take information from all over the internet and put it on their website. This is the business model of the present and future.
Google Maps lists your law firm without your consent, and the public can leave ratings.
We have had some lawyers send us ten emails in one day, asking for their pictures to be updated. This sort of behaviour is unbecoming of a lawyer.
The public has the right to know which lawyers are trouble. We want the public to connect with the best lawyers. Lawyers that constantly get one-star reviews from clients shouldn’t be in practice.
They are the reason that many clients don’t hire lawyers when they should have.
We understand it’s uncomfortable at first, but there are many lawyers who have asked for reviews from clients and co-workers. They now have highly rated and trusted profiles.
Profile Removal Requests And Your Profile
Some lawyers love the profiles, and some don’t. We hope your law firm likes them.
This fight over using public information has been fought many times in the past.
We hired top privacy law firms for legal advice before we went forward with the profiles. Companies have the right to use information that appears on the internet, as long as there is no registered trademark.
Canada has also been adopting anti-SLAP laws designed in stopping people from filing lawsuits for the purpose of silencing people on the internet.
Many of the largest companies in the world scape data, like Google and Facebook. Can you imagine if Google had to ask each website for permission to list them online?
Google’s done a lot of good for the world, and ClearWay Law will too. Stay tuned.
We received legal advice about making it clear which law firm the lawyer works for.
We write the name of each lawyer’s firm on their profile. It’s clear that each lawyer works for their own law firm, as it says ” X Law Corp.” If the name of your law firm is missing, please contact us.
We are a technology company, not a law firm. Our company is in China, and we do not sell any services to residents of Canada.
If someone contacts us looking for you, we can forward them to you.
We will never mislead anyone as to the relationship between your law practice and us.
Our server, domain registration, and company registration are outside of Canada.
Case Law Regarding Profile Removal Requests
We recommend looking into the case law regarding information takedown requests made to Google, Lawyer Ratingz, lawyer.com, or Avvo. The claims are always dismissed. And that case law came out 10-15 years ago.
Once information is made public on the internet, it can be used by others.
You should also contact your local law society or your law firm website manager to update your information. You should also look into directories where your information is listed.
Profile Removal Requests Valid Reasons
The purpose of the profiles is to be accurate. It’s important that the profiles are up to date. We will not remove profiles unless they violate one of the reasons below. Again, soon you will be able to edit your own profiles.
We may take down reviews that violate our policies.
The lawyer’s profile should be an actual lawyer. If you have a profile, and you are not a lawyer, please let us know.
We may create profiles for paralegals and law students in the future. It will be clear that they are not attorneys.
There are many companies in the United States that have created profiles for attorneys. A few of those companies also operate in Canada. We won’t name them as they are our competitors, but there are many.
- Any information about children or sexual acts
- Information that promotes illegal activities: drugs, rape, murder… etc.
- Pictures or content that promotes violence
- Information that promotes terrorist or criminal organizations
- Content that sexually exploits children
- Where there is a registered trademark that China recognizes (we are a Chinese company)
- Promotes violence
Is it illegal to use information already found on the internet, like pictures and names?
We retained expert trademark lawyers to assist us in this profile project.
A lot of people (even some lawyers) think pictures or names can be copywrite. This is not the case.
There are three different types of intellectual property:
A copywrite is something that is expressive. This is like art, books, TV shows and movies.
Patents are things like inventions and products that are useful.
In order to have a trademark, you must have a trademark number. This is normally done for things such as company logos.
Google takes images that appear online, and puts them under their “Google Images.” They do not need your permission to do this.
Profile Removal Requests
Please contact via the contact form on your profile with detailed information on which of our policies the profile violates.
If you believe there is a copywrite issue with the picture, please send us a new picture of you. Our team is only meant to use images without a trademark on them.
We are willing to update your picture for any reason. But it has to be of you.
If you have updated information for your profile, you can send a request to us. You will need to submit proof of the change.
All of the information for the profiles come from trusted sources found on the internet. We do not removal profiles that do not violate our policies.
Google, Bing, and many other companies scrape information off the internet. This is done in the same way that we do. Further, there are no laws against it and it is seen as a legitimate business practice.
There is nothing proprietary about information put on the internet. Legal innovation is the future of law in Canada.
Please note that as a Chinese company, we follow the laws of mainland China. We hope this article on profile removal requests was helpful.
We are here to update information on your profile.