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The publishing lawyer and law firm values the privacy of its clients and Web/blog site viewers. Any of the following personal information that may be made available to the lawyer or firm when browsing or navigating the site shall be kept confidential:
- First and last name
- Company, home, postal or other physical address
- Other contact information, for example, telephone number, fax number, email address, and other similar information
- Title or position in a company or an organization
- Personal interests
- Any other information needed to provide a service you requested.
Examples of scenarios where our visitors provide their personal information include, but may not be limited, to:
- Emailing, calling or communicating with the lawyer or law firm, via the contact form on the website.
- Posting a question or comment through the site.
- Requesting literature.
- Registering to attend a seminar or any event.
- Participating in an online survey.
- Requesting inclusion in an email or other mailing list.
- Submitting an entry for a contest or other promotions.
- Logging in to the site, thus requiring a user name and/or a password.
- Any other business-related reason.
The lawyer or law firm provides you the opportunity to agree or decline to give your personal information via the Internet. The lawyer or firm will inform you of the purpose for the collection and does not intend to transfer your personal information to third parties without your consent, except under the limited conditions described under the discussion entitled “Information Sharing and Disclosure” below. If you choose to provide us with your personal information, we may transfer that information, within the law firm or to a third party service provider as necessary. If you would like to amend the information provided to us, then send us an email with your instructions, via the query box on this website.
Domain Information Collection
The lawyer or firm may collect domain information to enable us to analyze how our visitors use this site. This data enables us to become more familiar with which people visit our site, how often they visit, and what parts of the site they visit most often. The lawyer or firm uses this information to improve its Web-based offerings. This information is collected automatically and requires no action on your part.
We do not access or store information that you have saved on your mobile device such as contacts and appointments. However, in order to provide our services, the Website may interact with some features on your mobile device, such as your GPS locator.
We may use publicly available sources outside of the Company to verify or supplement the information you give us. For example, we may obtain address updates from the U.S. Postal Service or demographic information from direct marketing companies. We use this data to help us maintain accurate records and to improve the products and services that we deliver to you.
Select Company employees and independent contractor attorneys and technical operations contractors may have limited access to your Personal Information in the course of providing services to you, to troubleshoot problems or resolve complaints. These technical contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of the Website. Access to your Personal Information is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the employee or contractor to perform the function needed to resolve the issue or to improve the service.
Some pages on this site may use “cookies”-small files that the site places on your hard drive for identification purposes. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID to track the pages visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. These files are used for site registration and customization the next time you visit us.
Do Not Track Signals
We do not track users, who do not interact with our sharing functionality across the web, and therefore we does not use “do not track” signals, even though various browsers offer a “do not track option.” We do not authorize the collection of Personal Information you for third-party use through advertising technologies, without a separate written consent from you for that purpose.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Your personal information is never shared outside the lawyer or firm without your permission, except under conditions listed below:
- Consenting to share your information to a third-party service provider working on our behalf to serve you.
- Requiring us to provide you with a product or service.
The lawyer or firm will also disclose your personal information, if required to do so by law, or in urgent circumstances, to protect personal safety, the public or our sites. We store your information on a third-party customer relations management website, to which select Company employees and technical operations contractors may be have limited access in the course of providing services to you, to troubleshoot problems or resolve complaints. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of the Website. Access to your Personal Information is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the employee or contractor to perform the function needed to resolve the issue or to improve the service.
By using our website you consent to our sending you our periodic newsletter; however, you can easily opt-out or unsubscribe if desired.
The email list may be managed by a third party, such information as is necessary will be provided for such third party to manage the email list. In addition, the information and offers in the email list may result from consultations with third parties or may be created by third parties. The information in the list may also be syndicated and provided in conjunction with other web sites. Except as otherwise provided, this will not result in the release of any personal information except as necessary to provide for the delivery of the email list to subscribers.
If you subscribed to our e-mail newsletter(s) but do not want to receive it in the future, please follow the “unsubscribe” instructions contained in the newsletter(s).
In our email messages to you which are distributed through this list, we may have information from third party providers for products and services which may be advertised or promoted within messages we send to you from this email list. No individual information is provided to any third-party without your consent, but if you enter transactions with a third party as a result of an offer – through our web site, email communication, or other means – those third-party provider sites govern the method by which they collect and use any information.
To report any abuse or violations, please contact us. Please copy and paste an unedited copy of the email message that you feel was sent to you in error or without your permission. Include all header information so that we can trace origin of the message. Also include any notes or other information that you feel are pertinent.
The lawyer or firm strives to protect your personal information; however, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters.
We employ reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice to protect your Personal Information. We strive to store Personal Information collected by or through the Website in a reasonably secure environment. We strive to provide adequate security measures in our physical facilities to protect against the loss and misuse of the information we collect on the Website. Below are some of the physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that the Company uses to protect your privacy.
Confidentiality: We restrict access to Personal Information collected about you on the Website to select employees, licensees, consultants or others who need to know that information to provide services to you or in the course of conducting our normal business operations. We also advise them about their responsibility to protect Customer data and we provide them with appropriate guidelines for adhering to our company’s business ethics standards and confidentiality policies. If you are a former customer, we protect your information in the same manner that we treat information about our current customers.
Please do not send us, via the contact form, any information regarding your personal health, or any other information you believe raises confidentiality concerns when sent or stored over the Internet.
Protecting the Privacy of Children
Children under 13 years old are not the target audience for our Web site. To protect their privacy, the lawyer or firm prohibits the solicitation of personal information from these children.
Links to Third Party Sites
This site may contain links to other sites. The lawyer or firm does not share your personal information with those Web sites and is not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy policies of those companies.
Visitors from Outside the U.S.
The Company is governed by the laws of the United States of America. By using the Website and submitting any Personal Information, visitors from outside the United States acknowledge that the Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of Personal Information to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own jurisdiction.
The lawyer or firm reserves the right to change, modify or update this policy at any time without notice. Any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information will be posted on this site.
Effective: June 2013.