WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION
As used herein, the term “personal information” generally means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as user’s name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card or other account number) or that is associated with an identifiable person (such as demographic information or information about a person’s activities when such information is linked to personally identifying information). However, personal information does not include, and this policy does not cover, any publicly available information and public records about professionals, including without limitation information obtained from licensing authorities, associations, accrediting bodies, courts, law enforcement agencies, and websites that are available to the public. Personal information also does not include “aggregate” information, which is data we collect about the use of the Website or categories of Website users, from which any personal information has been removed. For example, information that twenty-two percent of the Website’s registered users search for business lawyers, is aggregate information. We collect aggregate data for a number of purposes, including to help us understand trends and user needs so that we can better consider new publications, products and services, and tailor existing publications, products and services to user desires. This policy in no way limits or restricts our collection of aggregate information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
When you visit our Website, some information is also automatically collected through the use of log files, such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your computer’s operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring Website and your activity on the Website. We use this information for purposes such as analyzing trends, administering the Website, improving customer service, diagnosing problems with our servers, tracking user movement, and gathering broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may also automatically collect certain information through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user’s hard drive at the request of a Website to enable the Website to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If we combine cookies with or link them to any of the personally identifying information, we would treat this information as personal information. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions.
USAGE AND DISCLOSURE
In general, we use personal information we collect from you through the Website to facilitate your use of the Website, to process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information, products and services you request, to administer and assist us with the operation of the Website and of our business, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
send you a welcoming email and to contact you about your use of the Website,
such as for administrative purposes or to provide you with customer
• to verify your identity when creating a Profile;
• to respond to your emails, submissions, comments, requests or complaints;
• to request feedback and to enable us to analyze, develop, customize and improve the Website and our information and services; and
• for the specific purpose for which the information was provided.
In addition, we may use the information we collect to send you news relevant to your profession, product and service updates, notifications of activity in your profile, and to contact you about special events, promotions or offers and for other marketing, informational, product development and promotional purposes;
We may also receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, and may combine this information with the other personal information we have about you. In such cases, this Policy governs our use and disclosure of such information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE SHARE WITH THIRD PARTIES?
WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE?
WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION?
HOW CAN YOU UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?