Last Updated: September 2019
1. Types of Information. We collect both Personal Information and Anonymous Information, each as defined below, in connection with your use of the Website, ABV marketing emails, and ABV subscription emails.
1.1. Personal Information. “Personal Information” is information which may be used to identify or contact an individual, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and any other information which identifies you or allows ABV to contact you.
1.2. Anonymous Information. “Anonymous Information” is information We collect that is not associated with or linked to Personal Information about you and which, on its own, does not individually identify you.
2. How We Collect and Use Information.
2.1. Information You Provide. You may provide ABV Personal Information when you send ABV a message through the “CONTACT US” form and through individual attorney contact forms available on attorney profile pages. We may use or share the Personal Information you provide through these contact options to communicate with you or perform some action you have requested. We may also internally use or combine Personal Information about you with other information to maintain and improve our services, and for marketing such as announcements, newsletters and other forms of marketing. In some cases, you may provide Anonymous Information on the Website. If We do not associate this information with Personal Information about you, then We may use this information at our discretion and for any purpose. If this Anonymous Information is associated with you, then We will use it consistent with how We use Personal Information in this section.
2.3. Web Beacons. Pages within the Website and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs). Web beacons permit ABV, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related email or Website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain content and verifying system and server integrity). This information is used to enable more accurate reporting, improve the effectiveness of our marketing, and maintain and improve our email and the Website.
2.4. Anonymous Information Generally. We may create Anonymous Information records from Personal Information by excluding information (such as your name) that would otherwise make such data personally identifiable to you. We may use Anonymous Information at our discretion and for any purpose.
3. How We Share Information.
3.1. Our Service Providers. We employ third-party companies and individuals to administer and provide services on our behalf (including, but not limited to, a cloud service provider) who may need Personal Information to provide services for ABV. These third-party service providers are restricted from using Personal Information for any purpose other than to provide the services We request.
3.2. At Your Request or With Your Consent. We may disclose information about you to fulfill the purpose for which you provide it, disclose it at your request or with your consent, and for any other purpose disclosed by ABV when you provide the information.
3.3. Other Disclosures. Regardless of any choices you make regarding Personal Information, We may disclose Personal Information: (i) to respond to subpoenas, warrants, court orders, lawful requests, or legal process, (ii) to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, or protect other users, or (iii) in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or as otherwise required by law.
4. Choices About How We Use and Disclose Information. We strive to provide you with choices regarding the Personal Information you provide to ABV.
4.1. Browser Settings. Although most browsers automatically accept cookies, you can change your browser options to stop automatically accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting cookies.
4.2. Privacy Center. We have also created a Privacy Center to provide you with settings and information about how We use information about you. The Privacy Center also contains information about how you may contact ABV to make requests regarding Personal Information.
4.3. How We Respond to Do Not Track. This Website does not respond to Do Not Track signals.
5. Children Under the Age of 13. The Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 should provide any information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under 13. If We learn We have collected or received Personal Information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, We will delete that information. If you believe We might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at:
Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLP
111 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
7. Protection of Personal Information. Your privacy is important to ABV. We take reasonable administrative and technical precautions to protect Personal Information. However, no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is completely secure. ABV cannot completely eliminate the risks associated with handling information over the internet. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THIRD PARTY CIRCUMVENTION OF ANY PRIVACY SETTING OR ANY OF OUR SECURITY MEASURES.
8. Data Protection for Users in Europe. For purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), ABV is the controller of your personal data. The GDPR defines personal data as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.
8.1. Processing Your Data. If you provide ABV personal data to determine the suitability of services referenced on the Website then We will lawfully process your personal data to perform a contract with you or take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract. We internally process your personal data for our legitimate business interests, like improving ABV services, in a manner that does not outweigh your fundamental rights and freedoms. If you provide your personal data to receive a subscription email, then we will process your information to provide you with the requested subscription. If you would like to withdraw your consent to receiving a subscription email, then you may complete the unsubscribe process within the subscription email. In some cases, We will use your personal data for direct marketing, in which case you have the right to object to direct marketing.
8.3. Categories of Recipients of Your Personal Data. We employ third-party service providers to administer and provide services on our behalf (including, but not limited to, a cloud service provider) who may need your personal data to provide services for ABV. These third-party service providers are restricted from using your personal data for any purpose other than to provide the services requested by ABV.
8.4. Data Subject Rights. The GDPR provides certain rights for individuals. You may request information about: the purpose of processing; the categories of personal data concerned; third parties that may have received your personal data from ABV; the source of your personal data (if you didn’t provide it directly to ABV); and how long your personal data will be stored. You have a right to correct your personal data record maintained by ABV if it is inaccurate. Subject to certain exceptions, you may request that the ABV erase your personal data or cease processing your personal data. You have the right to receive, or transmit to another controller, personal data concerning you that you have submitted to ABV. ABV will provide reasonable access to your personal data at no cost upon request and if access cannot be provided within a reasonable time frame, ABV will provide you with a date when the information will be provided. If for some reason access is denied, ABV will provide an explanation as to why access has been denied. In many countries, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate data protection authority if you have concerns about how ABV processes your personal data. To exercise these rights, please visit the Privacy Center.
8.5. Transferring Personal Data from the EU to the United States. The information ABV collects from you is processed in the United States. The United States has not sought, nor received, a finding of “adequacy” from the European Union under Article 45 of the GDPR. ABV relies on derogations for specific situations as set forth in Article 49 of the GDPR. In particular, ABV collects and transfers to the U.S. personal data only: with your consent; to perform a contract with you; or to fulfill a compelling legitimate interest of ABV when your rights and freedoms are not overriding.
8.6. Data Storage and Retention. Your personal data is stored by ABV on cloud-based database management services located in the United States. ABV retains data for the duration of your business relationship with ABV and for a period of time thereafter to satisfy legal requirements. For more information on where and how long your personal data is stored, and for more information on your rights of erasure and portability, please visit the Privacy Center.
Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLP
111 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006