LAST REVISED: April 23, 2018
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?
Personal information may be collected from you in a number of ways when you visit our Website or use the various services and activities available on our Website. At several places on our Website, we may collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personal information. For example, if you register for the Website, send us an email, contact or recommend a professional, we may collect your name, address, phone number, email address, and other personal, professional, demographic and business information that you provide. If you create a profile (“Profile”), we may also collect your photographs and professional and business information about you, your practice or specialty areas and your educational background. In addition, from time to time we may collect demographic, contact or other personal or demographic information you provide in connection with your participation in surveys, promotional offers, forums and other interactive areas of the Website.
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?
Habeas endeavors to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure by putting into place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect through this Website. For example, when we collect credit card information, we use a secure server with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software and store such credit card information using encryption methods designed to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, your account information is accessible online only through the use of a password. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Website by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe your password has been misused. You should also note that email is not secure, and you should not send any confidential or sensitive information to us via an unsecured email.
WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION?
We communicate with you through email, notices posted on the Habeas website, messages to your Habeas inbox, and other means available through the Service, including mobile text messages and push notifications. Examples of these messages include: (1) welcome and engagement messages - when you register on Habeas, we may send you a series of emails to inform you about how to best use Habeas as well as new features; and (2) service messages – these will cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of Habeas; (3) promotional messages, and may contain promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, including job or business opportunities. You can opt out of promotional messages by sending a request to email@example.com. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from Habeas.
HOW CAN YOU UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?