Effective Date: August 23, 2014.
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
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
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?
11. Special Notice for Connecticut Residents
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.
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).
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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