I. Safe Harbor
Lawconnect collects and processes Personal Data in compliance with applicable Data-Protection laws, including the European Union Data Protection Directive and the U.S. Safe Harbor Principles as set forth by the Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information.
More information on U.S. Safe Harbor Principles is available at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/sh_overview.html..
“Data Protection” is used to describe the set of rules that aims to ensure (1) our organizations, employees and contractors who collect, use or store information about living individuals do not misuse the data, and (2) the individuals about whom information is collected and used know how their information is used.
“Onward Transfer” refers to the transfer of Personal Data to another recipient.
“Personal Data” means data that, either alone or in combination with other data, personally identifies an individual. Personal Data includes an individual’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user ID and password, personal billing information and credit card information. Personal Data does not include data that is anonymized or publicly available (unless combined with non-public Personal Data).
“Sensitive Data” or “Sensitive Personal Data” means information pertaining to an individual and relating to that person’s marital status, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or other similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual orientation or criminal convictions.
III. Data Collection and Use
Lawful and correct treatment of Personal Data is important to us. To ensure integrity, Lawconnect will use any customer information collected by Lawconnect only for identification and contact purposes and/or for demographic information (such as where our site visitors are coming from) to be used by our staff. This information will be used to help us ensure that our services are best designed to meet our customers’ changing needs.
A.Types of Data
1. Personal Data
Lawconnect may use Personal Data for certain purposes outlined below.
a. Registration Forms: Our Sites’ registration forms require you to give us contact information (such as name, address, phone number and e-mail address), age or date of birth, gender, or income level. We use customer contact information from the registration form to send you newsletters and information about our company. Your contact information also is used to contact you when necessary. You may opt out of receiving future correspondence from Lawconnect in accordance with the choice/opt out section below.
b. Order Forms: Our Sites use an order form for you to request information, products and services. We collect your contact information (such as name, address, phone number and e-mail address) and financial information (such as your bank account or credit card number) from the order form to send orders and information about our company to you. We collect credit card information or other payment information to bill you for products and services. We also may use your contact information to get in touch with you when necessary. You may opt out of receiving future correspondence.
c. Online Surveys: Our online surveys ask you for contact information (such as your e-mail address) and demographic information (such as your ZIP code, age or income level). We use contact data from our surveys to send you information about our company. Your contact information also is used to contact you when necessary. You may opt out of receiving future mailings.
d. Contests: We run contests on our Sites in which we ask you for contact information (such as your e-mail address). We use contact data from our contests to send you information about our company and promotional material from some of our partners. You may opt out of receiving future mailings.
e. Public Forums: Our Sites make chat rooms, forums, message boards and/or news groups available to you. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your Personal Data.
f. E-mail: Lawconnect does not send unsolicited or spam e-mail. We use e-mail addresses to send e-mail alerts and newsletters that are used to communicate new information, special offers and new products to our members and customers. All customers and members are given the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time. Lawconnect does not sell or rent its e-mail lists to third parties.
2. Non-Identifiable Information
Lawconnect may use your non-identifiable personal information for certain purposes outlined below.
a. IP Addresses: We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our websites. Your IP address is used to help identify you and the items in your shopping cart.
Unless otherwise noted below, Lawconnect will not use or disclose your Personal Data for any purpose for which you have not consented. Consent may be either inferred or explicit, depending on the type of information and the reason for its use.
Consent will be inferred if you were made aware of all potential subsequent uses of your Personal Data at the time that it was collected. By submitting Personal Data on our Sites via various mechanisms (e.g., legal inquiries, contact and billing information, website feedback forms), you consent to allow us to use such data for its intended purpose.
Lawconnect will not transfer or disclose customers’ Sensitive Personal Data without their explicit consent.
IV. Disclosures and Onward Transfers
By using one of our Sites, you agree and acknowledge that Personal Data collected through one of the Sites or in connection with the services provided may be transferred across national boundaries and stored and processed in the U.S. You also acknowledge that the collection, transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data may be undertaken by trusted third parties for the purpose for which the data was collected. Such third parties are bound by contract with Lawconnect to provide adequate safeguards for the protection of your Personal Data and are bound not to use your Personal Data for their own purposes or provide it to any third parties.
Lawconnect may also disclose your Personal Data to law enforcement or other governmental officials pursuant to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity. In such events, we will disclose information required by applicable law relevant to the investigation.
V. Third-Party Websites
It is against Lawconnect’s policy to provide your information to any third party without your prior permission. However, as part of our business, we provide online stores for third-party merchants (who offer legal products and services) and also allow third parties (such as law firms and financial services providers) to place links on our Sites. Lawconnect disclaims any responsibility for the actions of these third parties. Lawconnect strongly encourages all of its members and merchants to post their privacy policies on their sites and to adhere to the same high standard as is stated here.
VI. Security and Data Integrity
Our Sites have reasonable security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction of the information under our control.
VII. Choice/Opt Out
Our Sites provide you with the opportunity to opt out of receiving communications from Lawconnect and our partners at the point where we request Personal Data. Our Sites give you the following options if you wish to remove your Personal Data from our database, not receive future communications or no longer receive our services.
These are the opt-out options.
VIII. Correcting/Updating Personal Data
Lawconnect strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information regarding the consumers who use our Sites. We will therefore make every reasonable effort to provide access to the Personal Data we maintain about you.
In your correspondence, please detail the exact URL or domain where you provided your Personal Data and the changes that should be made. We will endeavor to respond in a timely manner to all written requests for access, changes or deletions.
For information submitted in connection with Products and Services, you also may follow instructions included or referenced within such Product and Service to access or correct the information.
Lawconnect reserves the right, where permitted by law or other legal authority, to charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs incurred in responding to an appropriate request.
X. Privacy Complaints