Last Updated: May 9, 2010
Online Privacy Standards. While there are no official standards governing privacy practices on the Internet, LawyerInUS follows the principles supported by the Federal Trade Commission's Fair Information Practices Principles, currently available at http://www.ftc.gov/reports/privacy3/fairinfo.htm.
What This Policy Covers. This policy covers LawyerInUS treatment of personally identifiable information that we obtain when you visit our website or become a member of LawyerInUS. LawyerInUS regards personally identifiable information as information that someone can use to identify or contact you in person, such as real name, email address, mailing address or financial information. Information that we use internally to identify you as a member in our system, such as your selected username, is not considered personally identifiable information.
What This Policy Does Not Cover. This policy does not cover the privacy practices of third parties that we do not own or control, such as any partners and advertisers we may work with. In addition, we may provide links to other services and on occasion to other sites that may interest you. All of these sites operate independently of LawyerInUS, and they have their own privacy or security practices. For your best online experience, LawyerInUS encourages you to review their policies before submitting any personal information to them.
Of course, maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
LawyerInUS collects your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address and password. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on LawyerInUS, you allow others, including LawyerInUS, to identify you.
B. Profile Information
C. Customer Service
We may collect information through the LawyerInUS website or through our contact form in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of our terms.
D. Site Usage
We may collect information about the fact that you use certain features and functionality of LawyerInUS or interact with third party platforms.
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for recordkeeping purposes. It can also help us understand how LawyerInUS site visitors click to our site, and what pages they view during their visit. Similar to many websites, LawyerInUS stores an encrypted cookie on your computer so LawyerInUS can remember you when you come back to the LawyerInUS website without requiring you to log in every time. Cookies also allow LawyerInUS to track and understand the interests of our users to enhance the overall experience on our site.
You can set your web browser software to disable cookies. To do so, please refer to the help section of your specific browser for more information on how to manage or disable cookies. If you disable cookies, you may still view our site, but some areas of the LawyerInUS site may not work properly.
F. Log Files, IP addresses and information about your computer.
Similar to many websites, LawyerInUS gathers certain anonymous, non-personal information automatically and store it in web server log files. This information includes Internet protocol addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), site entry/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. LawyerInUS uses this information to improve our site, analyze trends, administer the site, track users' movements around the site and gather aggregate information about our user base as a whole. Aggregate information is data LawyerInUS collects about a group or category of services or members from which individual member identities have been removed, and therefore does not include your personally identifiable information.
G. Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You.
2. Uses of personal information
A. Consent to LawyerInUS Processing Information About You.
B. LawyerInUS Communications.
As described in the Terms of Service, we will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the LawyerInUS website or through other means available through the service. We may send you a series of emails that help inform new Users about the features of the Services, and we will also send you service messages relating to the functioning of the Services.
You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your account and changing your settings related to your email notification choices. Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving service messages from LawyerInUS.
C. Sharing Information with Third Parties.
LawyerInUS takes the privacy of our Users very seriously, and we do not sell, rent or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. Further, we will only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide the Services or information unless compelled by law, or as necessary to enforce our Terms of Service or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of LawyerInUS, its Users and the public. For example, we use a credit card processing company to bill Users for subscription fees. These third parties do not retain, share or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services, and they are bound by confidentiality agreements limiting the use of your information.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on LawyerInUS.
D. Polls and Voting Functions.
Polls and surveys may be conducted by LawyerInUS. As a User, you may be invited to participate in polls and surveys from the LawyerInUS website. Whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you.
We will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third parties in connection with the conduct of any polls or surveys. Your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it.
We offer search services to help find information and learn more about other Users and professional opportunities.
F. Posts, Groups and other Services.
If you post on LawyerInUS, participate in LawyerInUS Groups, or import information, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected or used by other Users of these forums and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. LawyerInUS is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums.
G. Compliance with Legal Process.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information and/or information about your activities as a LawyerInUS User when required by subpoena or other legal process, or if LawyerInUS has a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (a) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (b) to enforce the Terms of Service, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property or personal safety of LawyerInUS, our Users, employees or others.
H. Disclosures to Others.
We may also disclose your personal information and other information you provide to another third party as part of a re-organization or a sale of the assets of LawyerInUS. Any third party to that LawyerInUS transfers or sells LawyerInUS assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.
3. Your Information Choices.
A. Accessing and Changing Your Account Information.
You can review the personal information you provided to us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your LawyerInUS account including your email and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the LawyerInUS website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, LawyerInUS may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.
B. Closing Your Account.
You can close your account through the LawyerInUS customer service site. If you close your LawyerInUS account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. If you close your account, we have no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain certain data contributed by you if LawyerInUS believes it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. LawyerInUS may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Services to other Users.
Similarly, other information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible. LawyerInUS disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention (subject to the terms herein) of information or any obligation not to delete the information.
As a User, you have certain obligations to other Users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as LawyerInUS:
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of LawyerInUS.
Using the LawyerInUS Services after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on our site shall constitute consent to the changed terms or practices.
In order to help secure your personal information, access to your data on LawyerInUS is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the LawyerInUS website. To protect any data you store on our servers, LawyerInUS also regularly audits its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to LawyerInUS.
There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other Users of LawyerInUS are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
Special Notice to International Users.
At this time. the LawyerInUS website is intended for and directed to users in the United States. If you are accessing the LawyerInUS website from the European Union, Asia or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the LawyerInUS website which is governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice and our Terms of Service, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.
How to Contact LawyerInUS.
LawyerInUS.com, A Division of Internet E-Business, LLC.
P.O. Box 17
Edgewater, NJ 07020