Last Updated: October 3, 2017
SeedLawyers highly respects your privacy and understands the importance of the information you entrust to us. This Privacy Statement describes our practices concerning the information we collect from you when you visit www.seedlawyers.com and/or use the services offered (collectively, the “Site”).
This document describes the types of information we collect, how we use and protect that information, how long we retain it, with whom we share it, and the choices we offer, including how to access, remove and update information. By visiting the Site, you consent to our collection and use of your information as described in this Privacy Statement.
You can always choose not to provide information, even though it might be needed to take advantage of some of the offered features or services. You can always add or update certain information. When you update information, we usually keep a copy of the prior version for our records. We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those set out on the Site.
IMPORTANT: SeedLawyers is not a law firm. The information you submit through the Site is protected under the terms of this Privacy Statement. The communication between you and SeedLawyers is not protected as attorney-client privilege or as legal work product.
1. Information We Collect
1.1 Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”)
PII is information that personally identifies one individual from another. We receive and store any information you enter on our Site or give us in any other way. You provide information when you register, sign in, manage your accounts, search for a page or product, send us an e-mail, comments or other material, participate in a survey, or communicate with other users via the Site or with our customer support. Additionally, to benefit from the Site’s services, you will be asked to create an account. As a result, you might supply us with such information as your name, address, telephone number; credit card information; e-mail address; school or college affiliations; work history and titles, general education information or legal bar ID.
Additionally, when you post content or establish a feed from a particular social media account you are granting us permission to access and display whatever posts are displayed on that social media account. To the degree that such information includes PII, we may collect and display that information.
1.2 General Information and Information Automatically Collected
1.3 Avoiding Cookies
You are free to decline our cookies if your browser permits. The “Help” feature on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.
1.4 Information from Other Sources
We might receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information.
2. How We Use Information
We use the PII we collect from and about you to enable us and other users to interact with you on a personal level, improve your experience with us and offer new services. We may also use PII: (a) to verify your eligibility for our services; (b) to enable us to display advertisements that are relevant to you, if any; (c) conduct surveys and research, test features in development, and analyze the information we have to evaluate and improve products and services, develop new products or features, and conduct audits and troubleshooting activities; (d) promote safety and security and (d) to otherwise perform functions associated with our Site.
We use your email address to provide you with information relating to your account, or to send you newsletters and other emails that may be of interest to you.
By visiting our Site, you agree that we may use PII about you to enhance our marketing and promotional efforts, to trace and analyze Site usage, to improve our Site content, appearance, utility, and product offerings, to offer you tailored content, to respond to your requests, or to customize our Site content, layout, and services. You agree that we may use your information, such as your e-mail address, to contact you and deliver information to you that, in some cases, is targeted to your interests, such as administrative notices, offerings, participation in market research, and communications relevant to your activities with or through us.
In addition to traffic information and general comments, we may also post or send surveys or other voluntary participation forms for our users. If we do, we may request some basic contact information for those who choose to participate for analysis and personalization purposes. If we use a third party to conduct any kind of survey, program, contest, etc. we will prohibit them from using any such collected information for any other purposes and keep this information confidential unless you specifically allow us to use it otherwise.
You can always stop receiving emails from us by sending us a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. How We Share information
We are not in the business of selling any personally identifiable information about you to others and we will not share PII with third parties for their own marketing purposes without your consent. However, your information will be used with the lawyer of your choosing if you are a business user or with business users who are looking to work with you, if you are a lawyer. Additionally, the following describes some of the ways that your personally identifiable information may be disclosed:
• If requested or required by law enforcement authorities, courts, or regulators, we may disclose any information we have about our users. We also may disclose your PII to exercise or protect legal rights or defend against legal claims.
• We sometimes contract with other companies and individuals to perform functions or services on our behalf, such as hosting the Site, processing payments, sending email messages and administering contests, surveys and other promotions. We necessarily have to share your PII with such third parties as may be required to perform such functions.
• In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these business transfers, customer information, including PII, is typically one of the business assets that are transferred. Moreover, if all or substantially all of our business assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that we go out of business or enter into bankruptcy, customer information (including your PII), would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any assets may continue to be used according to your PII as set forth in this policy.
• We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with others such as publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show traffic and trends about the general use of our services.
• We process personal information on our servers, which are currently located in the United States, but in the future may also be located in other countries. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.
• If the ownership or control of all or part of our Site, services or assets changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner or affiliate.
4. How We Protect Information
We take the security of your information seriously and have reasonable technical, administrative and physical safeguards in place to protect personal information from loss, misuse or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction. We also limit access to personal information about you to employees who reasonably need access to it to provide products or services to you, or in order to do their jobs. If you provide us with your credit card information, we only store the last four digits of the card to help you identify the card you used with us and your information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We use a third party to follow PCI requirements and receive a token linking user information to their services. We do not store this type of information on our Site or database. For more information on our current third party provider PCI compliance, please visit: https://www.braintreepayments.com/features/data-security.
However, despite all of our efforts, because no security system can be 100% effective, we cannot completely guarantee the security of any information we may have collected from or about you. In addition, we have no control over the security of other web sites on the Internet that you might visit even when a link may appear to those web sites site to or from our Site.
You should always protect against unauthorized access to your passwords and to your computer or other devices. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer. If you share your computer or device or use a computer/device that is accessed by the general public, remember to log off and close your browser window when you have finished your session. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is not secure (for example, if you feel that the security of your account has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem.
4.1 Breach and Breach Notification
If we become aware of a security breach which we believe resulted or may result in the unauthorized access, use or disclosure to nonpublic personal information, we will investigate the matter and notify the applicable users via the Site, in accordance with applicable law.
We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
5. Third Party Links
6. How Long We Keep Information
We retain PII for as long as necessary to fulfill a business purpose or comply with a legal request and requirements. We may also choose to anonymize certain of the information you provide to us so that it can no longer be attributed to you if we would like to retain it for longer periods of time.
7. Do-Not-Track Requests
“Do Not Track” is a privacy preference that Internet users can set in their web browsers. When a user turns on the Do Not Track option, the browser sends a message to websites requesting them not to track the user.
At this time, we do not employ any technology that enables us to track your online activities over time and across third-party Web sites, nor do we plan on doing so in the future. Keep in mind, however, that we have no control over the activities of third parties, and they may employ such technology that tracks your activity on this site. Because we do not employ tracking technology, we offer no response to Do-Not-Track requests transmitted by Web browsers.
8. Children under 18
Our service is not intended for users under the age of 18, and we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under 18. If we become aware that a person submitting information is under 18, we will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible. According to our Terms of Service, all users represent that they are at least 18 years old.
9. For California Users
If you are a California resident (“California Users”), the California Civil Code give you the right to ask us for a notice describing the categories of Personal Information we share with third parties or among our affiliated companies, for their direct marketing purposes, during the preceding calendar year. California Users may request such information about our compliance with this law by sending us a message via the Contact Us link on the Site. Please allow 30 days for a response. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year concerning this law, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the Contact Us page on our Site.
Further in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) be advised that there is no identity verification requirement to access this site, and all users can visit this site anonymously, although it is necessary to provide your email address and a password to establish your account.
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