We may collect different types of information in several different ways from our Web Site.
Initially, you may browse our Web Site without submitting any personal information. If you choose to take advantage of some of our specific services that are available to Users, however, you will be asked to register. As part of registering we may ask for personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, email address, telephone number, and other information. We keep all of your personally identifiable information in secure online and offline facilities. After registration is complete, you may also: (i) post an Attorney Profile allowing you to upload a resume in a PDF format and provide a photograph and other information such as practice area, years of practice, and undergraduate and alumni law school, and/or (ii) post available space for space sharing with other attorneys. Once you register, and post a profile, your use of our Web Site will no longer be anonymous and you will be able to take full advantage of the specialized offerings on our Web Site.
In addition to registration we may ask you for personal information at other times, including (but not limited to) when you request information about a law firm or attorney, order a product, or promotion sponsored by us or you may provide us with personal information when you send us a letter or email message, such as if you report a problem with our Web Site or services. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
From time to time, we also may ask Users to complete surveys that we use for research purposes. Wherever we collect personal information, the information you provide will be subject to the terms of this Policy. In addition, we may use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, however, will not be linked to your personally identifiable information.
Finally, our site also may contain links and advertisements to other Web Sites that are operated by other companies or persons. Therefore, we do not control the privacy policies of those sites. This Policy statement only applies to information collected and maintained by us.
Our primary goal in collecting personally identifiable and other information is to provide you, the User, with a customized experience on our Web Site. This includes personalization services and many other types of services. By knowing a little about you, we are able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence a better and more valuable service, to you. For example, the more we know about the type of law space or geographic area in which you are interested, the more appropriate information we can deliver to you.
In our role of delivering targeted advertisements, we play the middleman. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, females over 35 years old). We and/or our advertising server agency take the advertisement and display or transmit it to Users meeting those criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only we have access to individuals' accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads.
In addition, we do research on our Users' demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, during a promotion, from our server log files, or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our Users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis and may be shared with advertisers or business partners. We also collect IP addresses for system administration and to report aggregate, non-personal identifiable information to our advertisers. For this purpose, no personally identifiable information will be linked to any information that can identify any individual person.
When you are using our Web Site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with us alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. However, promotions that run on our Web Site also may be sponsored by companies other than us or may be co-sponsored by us and another company. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If data from your entry will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you do not want to share your information.
Specifically, please be aware that our Web Site advertisers have links on our sites may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those advertisers Web Site linked to our sites are not covered by this Policy.
As a general rule, we will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or as specifically set forth in this Policy. Please see the Terms of Service for each of our services for more detailed information about how your personal information may be shared. The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.
Many promotions also may offer opportunities for you to request additional information from sponsors. By requesting more information, you give us permission to transfer your personal information to the sponsor so they can fulfill your request.
From time to time, you may request specific information about a law space or you may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. If you opt to receive information from these third parties, we will share your name, address, and telephone number if requested by you or provided and email address with them and our local representatives.
Third Party Data and Aggregated Data: Under confidentiality agreements, we may match User information with third-party data. Also, we disclose aggregated user statistics (for example, "45% of our Users are female") in order to describe our services to current and prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes. As noted above, this aggregated information will not be linked to any personally identifiable information that can identify any individual person.
We may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Service or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, the rights of our Users or other parties, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services. We also may disclose your personally identifiable information in connection with the sale of our company's business or assets.
We may, from time to time, send you email regarding our services. Only we (or companies with whom we contract and who agree to keep your information confidential) will prepare these direct mailings and only if you indicated that you do not object to receiving these offers. If you do not want to receive or continue receiving such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information.
You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your Internet browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies you may be unable to use some of our services, including services that require registration in order to participate.
You may also request that we delete or deactivate your account at any time, but doing so will result in not being able to access certain areas of our Web Site. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or further instructions about deleting or deactivating your account with us. It may take us a few days to delete or deactivate your account following your request and we may maintain certain residual information about your account in our archives.
If you are participating in one of our promotions and you wish to update your email address for the promotions mailing list or to stop participating in one of the promotions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Keeping your personal financial information private is vitally important to us.
Knowing that you use certain services or features may help us to offer you better and more relevant content and advertisements. But as with all personally identifiable information, we do not make this available to any third parties except as set forth in this Policy. Any User statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers or partners regarding financial information are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information linked to any individual user.
Your account information on our Web Site is password-protected so that you and only you have access to this personal information. Therefore, we recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone and that you choose a password that only you know. We will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. Also remember to sign out of your account and close your browser window when you have finished your visit to our Web Site. These practices will help ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place such as a library or Internet cafe. If you use a public computer, you may also wish to delete any temporary or other files that may have been created during your visit on our sites.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for data transmissions over the Internet or wireless networks, or for any security precautions, to be guaranteed 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.