Effective Date: August 23, 2014.

Introduction

Welcome! You have arrived at one family of websites of Michael H. Merino, P.A. (“Michael H. Merino, P.A.,” “Michael Merino,” “we,” “our” or “us”). This “Privacy Policy” governs the sites (including, without limitation, extranets, online or mobile sites), and all interactive features, widgets, applications, content or downloads available through the sites, that post these Terms (collectively, the “Sites”) regardless of how you access or use them, whether via personal computers, mobile devices or otherwise. The Sites are owned or controlled by Michael H. Merino, P.A.. This Privacy Policy explains our information collection practices at the Sites, such as the types of information Michael H. Merino, P.A. collects regarding visitors to the Sites and the ways in which we may use that information. This Privacy Policy also applies to your use of interactive features or downloads that: (i) we own or control; (ii) we make available through the Sites; or (iii) interact with the Sites and post this Privacy Policy (also referred to as the Sites).

By using our Sites you consent to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and our collection, use and sharing of your information and data, and other activities, as described below.

Table of Contents

1. What Information Do The Sites Collect?
(a) Information You Provide To Us
(b) Information We Collect As You Access And Use The Sites
(c) Information Third Parties Provide About You
(d)Information You Provide About A Third Party

2. How Do We Use The Information Collected?

3. How and When Do We Disclose Information To Third Parties?
(a) When You Agree To Receive Information From Third Parties
(b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf
(c) Administrative and Legal Reasons
(d)Business Transfer

4.  What About Information I Disclose Publicly?
(a) User Generated Content and Public Information
(b) Non-Privileged Communications

5. Does Third Party Content And Links To Third Party Sites Appear on The Sites?
6. How Do I Change My Information And Communications Preferences?
7. What About Consent To Transfer Information To The United States?
8. What Should Parents Know About Children?
9. What About Security?
10. What About Changes To The Privacy Policy?
11. Special Notice for Connecticut Residents

 

1. What Information Do The Sites Collect?

    (a) Information You Provide To Us

Personal Information and Demographic Information. On the Sites, we may ask you to provide us with certain categories of information such as: (1) personally identifiable information, such as your name, e-mail address and physical address (“Personal Information”); and (2) demographic information, such as information about your industry sector that is not identifiable to you personally (“Demographic Information”). We may collect this information through various forms and in various places on the Sites, including account registration forms, contact us forms, recruitment pages or websites or when you otherwise interact with the Sites. If we combine Demographic Information with the Personal Information we collect, we will treat it as Personal Information under this Privacy Policy.

    (b) Information We Collect As You Access And Use The Sites

In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to submit to us, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with the Sites (“Usage Information”), which technologies may be downloaded to your Device (defined below) and may set or modify settings on your Device. This Usage Information may include the browser that you are using, the URL that referred you to our Sites, the areas within our Sites that you visit and your activities there, and the time of day, among other information. We may use Usage Information for a variety of purposes, including to assess, enhance or otherwise improve the Sites or our activities in connection with them. In addition, we may collect your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for your computer or other device used to access the Sites (any, a “Device”). A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device used to access the Sites, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. Usage Information may be non-identifying or may be associated with you. To the extent Usage Information or a Device Identifier is combined with your Personal Information, we will treat it as Personal Information. Otherwise, a Device Identifier is not treated by us as Personal Information

A few of the methods that may be used to collect Usage Information include, without limitation, the following (and subsequent technology and methods hereafter developed):

Cookies. A cookie is a data file placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Sites. A Flash cookie (or locally shared object) is a data file placed on a Device via the Adobe Flash plug-in that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your Device. HTML5 cookies can be programmed through HTML5 local storage. Unlike Flash cookies, HTML5 cookies do not require a plug-in. Cookies, Flash Cookies and HTML5 cookies may be used for many purposes, including, without limitation, remembering you and your preferences and tracking your visits to and activities on the Sites. If you choose to disable cookies, Flash cookies, or HTML5 cookies on your Device, some features of the Sites may not function properly. Regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools that are available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some but not all instances can be blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. Each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options in this regard. Also, these tools may not be effective with regard to Flash cookies or HTML5 cookies. For information on disabling Flash cookies go to Adobe’s website www.Adobe.com. Please be aware that if you disable or remove cookies some parts of our Sites will not work and that when you revisit our Sites your ability to limit cookies is subject to your browser settings and limitations.

Web Beacons. Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our Sites’ pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Sites, to monitor how users navigate the Sites, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.

Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Sites, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or a third party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Sites, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.

ETag, or entity tag. A feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and HTML5 cookies.

    (c) Information Third Parties Provide About You

We may, from time to time, supplement the information we collect about you online with outside records from third parties for various purposes, including to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you opportunities may be of interest to you. We may combine the information we receive from those sources with information we collect through the Sites. In those cases, we will apply this Privacy Policy to any Personal Information received, unless we have disclosed otherwise.

    (d) Information You Provide About A Third Party

If you send someone else a communication from the Sites, such as sending an invitation to a colleague, the information you provide (names, e-mail addresses, etc.) is used to facilitate the communication and is not used for any other marketing purpose unless we obtain consent from that person or we explicitly say otherwise. Please be aware that when you use any so-called “send-to-a-friend” functionality on our Sites, your e-mail address and/or name may be included in the communication sent to your addressee(s).

2. How Do We Use The Information Collected?

Use of Information by Us. We may use your Personal Information, Demographic Information or Usage Information that we collect about you: (1) to improve the Sites or our services, to customize your experience on the Sites, or to serve you specific content that is most relevant to you; (2) to contact you with regard to your use of the Sites and, in our discretion, changes to the Sites and/or Sites’ policies; (3) for internal business purposes; (4) for purposes disclosed at the time you provide your information or as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy; (5) to provide you with information or services or process transactions that you have requested or agreed to receive including to send you electronic newsletters, or to provide you with marketing materials; (6) to enable you to participate in a variety of the Sites’ features; and (7) to process your registration with the Sites, including verifying your information is active and valid;.

Please note that information submitted to the Sites via a “contact us” or other similar function may not receive a response.

Use of Information for Recruitment Purposes. Where you have provided us with Personal Information or Demographic Information as part of an online application for employment or internship, we may use that information in order to allow us to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with your application. We may as part of this recruitment process collect information about your education, employment history and similar matters. Where this Personal Information or Demographic Information is considered to be sensitive, you expressly consent to our processing of this information for recruitment purposes.

3. How and When Do We Disclose Information to Third Parties?

We may share non-personally identifiable information, such as aggregated user statistics, with third parties. We do not share your Personal Information with third parties for those third parties’ marketing purposes unless you consent to such sharing at the time you provide your Personal Information. We may share the information we have collected about you, including Personal Information, as disclosed at the time you provide your information and as described below or otherwise in this Privacy Policy.

    (a) When You Agree To Receive Information From Third Parties. You may be presented with an opportunity to receive information and/or marketing offers directly from third parties. If you do agree to have your Personal Information shared, your Personal Information will be disclosed to such third parties and all information you disclose will be subject to the privacy policy and practices of such third parties. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of such third parties and, therefore, you should review the privacy policies and practices of such third parties prior to agreeing to receive such information from them. If you later decide that you no longer want to receive communication from a third party, you will need to contact that third party directly.

    (b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf. We may use third party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of the Sites, such as hosting the Sites, designing and/or operating the Sites’ features, tracking the Sites analytics, and enabling Michael H. Merino, P.A. to send you information or performing other administrative services. We may provide these vendors with access to user information, including Personal Information, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for us. While we may use third party analytics service providers to evaluate and provide us with information about the use of the Sites and viewing of our content, we may share Personal Information with these analytics service providers, and they may set and access their own cookies, web beacons and embedded scripts and other tracking devices on your Device. We do not permit our vendors or service providers to collect or use Personal Information about your for purposes other than providing services on our behalf.

    (c) Administrative and Legal Reasons. We may access, use, preserve, transfer and disclose your information (including Personal Information), including disclosure to third parties, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law: (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, subpoenas, governmental requests or legal process if in our good faith opinion such is required or permitted by law; (ii) to protect and/or defend the Sites’ Terms of Use or other policies applicable to the Sites, including investigation of potential violations thereof; (iii) to protect the safety, rights, property or security of the Sites or any third party; and/or (iv) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues. Further, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we may use IP address or other Device Identifiers, to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with third parties such as copyright owners, internet service providers, wireless service providers and/or law enforcement agencies, including disclosing such information to third parties, all in our discretion. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

    (d) Business Transfer. We may share your information, including your Personal Information, Demographic Information and Usage Information with our parent, subsidiaries and affiliates for internal reasons. We also reserve the right to disclose and transfer all such information: (i) to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the Sites or applicable database; or (ii) in connection with a merger, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of substantially all of our interests and/or assets or other organizational change, including, during the course of any due diligence process.

4. What About Information I Disclose Publicly?

    (a) User Generated Content and Public Information. The Sites may permit you to submit ideas, comments, writings, data, questions, comments, suggestions or other content, including Personal Information (collectively, “User Content”), such as on a blog. BE AWARE THAT SUCH PUBLIC POSTINGS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NOT SUBJECT TO THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE. Except for attorney-client communications via non-publicly viewable means following your entry into an engagement letter with our Firm, and then excepting only such specific communications, we or others may reproduce, publish, distribute or otherwise use User Content online or offline in any media or format (currently existing or hereafter developed). Others may have access to this User Content and may have the ability to share it with third parties across the Internet. Please think carefully before deciding what information you share, including Personal Information, in connection with your User Content. Please note that Michael H. Merino, P.A. does not control who will have access to the information that you choose to make public, and cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy or keep it secure. Our covenants under this Privacy Policy do not apply to any information that you disclose publicly, share with others or otherwise upload onto the Sites. We are not responsible for the accuracy, use or misuse of any content or information that you disclose or receive from third parties, through the Sites.

    (b) Non-Privileged Communications. If you communicate with us through the Sites in connection with a matter for which we do not presently represent you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict-of-interest. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you or the matter until you and we enter into an engagement letter or other written agreement stating that we agree to represent you. Until that time, any information you send to us, including by e-mail or otherwise through this website, may not be treated as privileged or confidential and may be reviewed by attorneys in our firm. You recognize that any information that you submit, and our review of your information, will not preclude any lawyer in our firm from representing a party directly adverse to you in any matter where that information is relevant, even if that information is highly confidential and could be used against you, and even if it is transmitted in a good faith effort to retain us. The best way for you to initiate a possible representation is to contact an applicable practice group leader at the telephone number or e-mail address listed on our Sites, and to simply indicate a desire to explore potential representation. That person will discuss with you our conflict-of-interest procedure and put you in touch with the lawyer best suited to handle your matter. Only when you enter into an engagement letter with our firm will you be our client. We may then freely exchange information as attorney and client. If you are already a client of Michael H. Merino, P.A., please contact us through traditional means such as through an e-mail, phone call or letter to the attorney with whom you have been working.

5. Does Third Party Content And Links To Third Party Sites Appear on the Sites?

The Sites may contain content that is supplied by a third party. The Sites may also contain links to or from third party websites, applications or platforms, including social media applications that allow you to link to our content using a third party platform. These third party websites, applications or platforms may collect Personal Information, Demographic Information, Usage Information and your Device Identifier as part of your interaction with them. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such websites, applications or platforms that are owned by and/or operated by third parties, even if they use our Sites or technology to store or collect data. The relevant third party’s terms of use, privacy policy, permissions, notices and choices should be reviewed regarding their collection, storage and sharing practices. For example, if you “click” on a link, the “click” may take you off the Sites onto a different website platform or application operated by third parties. These other parties may send their own cookies to you or employ other tracking technologies, independently collect data or solicit Personal Information and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. We encourage you to note when you leave our Sites and to read the privacy statements of all third parties before submitting any Personal Information to them.

6. How Do I Change My Information And Communications Preferences?

You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information provided as part of registration. The Sites may allow you to review, correct or update Personal Information you have provided through the Sites’ registration form or otherwise. We will make good faith efforts to make requested changes in our then active databases as soon as reasonably practicable. You may cancel or modify your communications that you have elected to receive from the Sites by following the unsubscribe instructions contained within an applicable e-mail. If you have any questions about: (a) access to Personal Information; (b) the collection, use, management or disclosure of your Personal Information; or (c) this Privacy Policy, you should contact us at infomerinolegal.com.

7. What About Consent To Transfer Information To The United States?

The Sites are operated in the United States, save in respect of our United Kingdom recruitment website, which is hosted in the United Kingdom. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect, including, Personal Information, will be transferred to, processed and stored in the United States. The data protection laws in the United States may differ from those of the country in which you are located, and your Personal Information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in the United States according to laws of the United States. We take commercially reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely, including entering into appropriate data transfer agreements with our offices located outside of the United States where we collect your data. By using the Sites or providing us with any information, you consent to this transfer to, and processing and storage of your information in, the United States.

8. What Should Parents Know About Children?

The Sites are general audience websites and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from children younger than the age of thirteen (13). We will delete any Personal Information collected that we later determine to be from a user younger than the age of thirteen (13). If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of thirteen (13) and believe he or she has disclosed Personal Information to us, please contact us at infomerinolegal.com.

9. What About Security?

We incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your Personal Information. However, no data transmission over the Internet, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use our Sites and provide us with your information at your own risk.

10. What About Changes To The Privacy Policy?

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time without notice to you. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Privacy Policy. However, we will not use your Personal Information in a manner materially different than what was stated at the time it was collected without your consent.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

http://www.merinolegal.com

6741 Orange Drive
Davie, Florida 33314
United States
info@merinolegal.com