Children are not eligible to use our Website and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the Website.
I. Security Measures Concerning Your Personal Information
While transmission of information over the Internet cannot be guaranteed 100% secure, we go to great effort to provide protection for the limited information that we collect about you. Your personal information is password-protected. It is our policy to never sell traceable information about our users to third parties without user permission.
II. Collection of Information
When you register with the Website, we may ask that you provide your name, email address, address, phone number, zip code and similar information. If you are an attorney or other professional services provider, you may also be asked to provide your firm name, address, telephone number, state where you are licensed, and bar number. In the course of your use of the site, we may also request additional information from you, and if you register to use the Website, we may collect your credit card number, expiration date, security code, billing address, and related information to allow us to charge for access to the Website.
In the course of using our site, we automatically track certain information including your IP address, what browser you are using, and the URL you just came from. We also collect information about your use of our site in order to optimize our site usability.
We use cookie technology to assist users in navigating through our site more efficiently. Third party affiliates may also set cookies on the site for the purpose of tracking leads. A cookie is a small text file that resides on your hard drive. At various points on our site, our system will request the cookie from your browser so that we can retrieve the stored information. The cookie may be linked to a unique number that our system can read to determine your user ID and preferences. This prevents you from repeatedly making the same selections. Knowing how you use the site enables us to better tailor content and services to your needs. The cookie does not contain information that others could use to personally identify you, and other Web sites cannot access the information we store on your computer. Although we use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies, most cookies are “session cookies,” meaning that they are automatically deleted at the end of a session. You must set your browser to accept cookies to be able to use our site at this time.
III. Use of Collected Information
The primary reason that the Website collects information from its users is to allow users to pay to access the Website and its information, statistics and other features.
The Company does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others without your permission. We use your information to handle the payment process, to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to statistically analyze site usage, and to improve our site’s content, offering, and layout. If you are an attorney member, we may use information we have about you as part of our ongoing marketing efforts, including but not limited to displaying your profile, practice and rating information publicly.
Your IP address may be used to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Web site, and for security needs. The Company may provide aggregate statistics about our customers, sales, traffic patterns, and related site information to third-party vendors, but these statistics will include no personal identifying information.
We may use the information we collect to notify you about the status of your account, important functionality changes to our Website, new services being offered, and special offers we think you’ll find valuable. We may also contact you to verify your information or ask you about your experiences with our system.
Except for communications that relate directly to registration, payment, accounts, and the service being provided, you may “opt out” of receiving communications from us. To opt out of non-required communications, check the appropriate boxes when you register or at any time by logging into the system and modifying your profile or account information. Users may also opt out of receiving non-required communications by replying to unsubscribe in the subject line in any email. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active, or as needed to provide you services, and for a limited period of time thereafter. If you wish to cancel your account, or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, contact us in the manner provide on the Website. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
When it is necessary to contact you, we use your email address and, in some situations your mailing address, phone or fax number. Note: The Company will not ask you for your password if we contact you. Do not disclose your password if asked by a caller claiming to represent the website or the Company.
There are some situations in which personal information may be disclosed to third parties. These are:
The name of the user posting a rating and commentary for any attorney on this system may be released to that attorney, at the attorney’s request, for the purpose of replying to the rating.
Marketing Related Disclosure. If you are an attorney member, we may use any information, including personally identifiable information, contained in your firm website profile and ratings in our ongoing marketing efforts to help develop and focus your practice. If you find our use of your identifiable information in association with our marketing efforts objectionable, you can opt out of future use by contacting us.
The Company may also develop business partnerships with other companies, as part of our service to users. These special business partnerships may include acquisitions by or mergers with other companies or special joint ventures that integrate our Web sites and services. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.
The Company may release account information when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to comply with law, enforce or apply the terms of our Terms and Conditions, or to protect the rights, property or safety of the Company, our users, or others.
Our Web site may offer publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, please contact us. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
IV. Consent and Changes to This Policy