Last updated: June 1, 2017
Thanks for being a part of our community at Lawgood (“Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We are committed to protecting the privacy of your information. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read it carefully before using the Services or submitting any information to us. By using the Services, you are accepting the practices set forth in this Policy. If you do not agree to any part of this Policy, then you must not access or use the Services.
Please also note that any content (including comments, images, and videos, among others) posted by members onto the Platform becomes published content and is provided on a non-proprietary and non-confidential basis. Please note that, generally, such content will be accessible to other members using the Services and can be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications. Please be sure that any information you post on any area of the Platform is information that you are comfortable with sharing with others.
A. COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
I. Information from Facebook
To create an account on Lawgood, you may be asked to sign in using your Facebook login. By using your Facebook login, you are authorizing us to access certain Facebook account information, including information about you and your Facebook friends who might be common Facebook friends with other Lawgood members. By allowing us to access your Facebook account, you understand that we may obtain certain information from your Facebook account, including your name, email address, profile photo, and current city, and the names, profile pictures, and current cities of your Facebook friends. We only obtain information from your Facebook account that you specifically authorize and grant us permission to obtain.
II. Information you provide directly to us
When accessing or using the Services, you may provide Personal Information about yourself to us. “Personal Information” means information relating to a person who is or can be identified directly from that information. This includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card or other account number. Personal Information does not include: (1) aggregated or anonymized information; (2) any publicly available information about lawyers; (3) information about you that is provided by third parties; or (4) information that is posted to publicly accessible areas of the Services. Examples of Personal Information we collect include information that you provide when you (a) create or update your Lawgood account, (b) communicate with us, (c) purchase services from us, (d) contact or recommend a lawyer, and (e) submit recommendations or endorsements. If you are a lawyer and claim or update your profile (“Profile”), or post information using your Profile, we may also collect verification information.
III. Information collected from usage
We collect usage information when you use the Services. This includes information such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system and browser type, your mobile device’s unique ID number, the address of a referring website or a website to which you exit, the date and time you access or use the Services, items you click on, pages you view and the amount of time you spend on particular pages.
IV. Cookies information
We also collect certain information (automatically) through the use of “cookies” and similar tracking technologies. Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's computer or device at the request of a website to enable the website to recognize previous visitors and retain information such as user preferences and history. 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. However, if your browser is set to not accept cookies or if you reject a cookie, you may be prevented from taking full advantage of the Services because it may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
We may also use third parties to display and target ads, provide certain functionality (such as maps), or to place their own cookies and other tracking technologies to collect, track and analyze usage and statistical information from users. We are not responsible for the information collection practices of any third parties.
B. HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
I. Non-personal information
We use information other than Personal Information, including aggregated or anonymized information, for ad targeting, to analyze trends, administer the Services, improve customer service, diagnose problems with our servers, track user movement, and gather demographic information for aggregate use. Third-party ad platforms may use this information for a similar purpose, but you should follow up with third parties and confirm their information collection and usage practices directly. We may freely publish, disclose and use information other than Personal Information, including aggregated or anonymized Personal Information, to or with third parties.
II. Personal information
We use Personal Information to facilitate your use of the Services, 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 our business, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. We may use the information we collect to send you news relevant to you or in accordance with your preferences. We may also send you advertisements from third parties. We do not disclose, rent, sell or otherwise make available your Personal Information to third parties for direct marketing purposes.
In addition to the uses outlined above, by using Lawgood, you agree to allow us to anonymously use the information from you and your experiences to continue our research into the legal industry and legal services, so that we may continue to improve the Lawgood experience. However, all of your responses will be kept anonymous, and we assure you that no Personal Information will be published.
C. SHARING COLLECTED INFORMATION
The information we collect is used to improve the content and quality of Lawgood, and without your consent we will not otherwise share your Personal Information to/with any other party(s) for commercial purposes, except: (a) when we have your permission or (b) under the following circumstances:
I. Third party service providers
In the event that we engage with third party service providers in connection with our Services, we may share Personal Information with such service providers who need access to such information to carry out their work for us. For example, we may use credit card processing or verification companies to verify credit card information or to verify your identity. Other than such service providers, we do not share Personal Information with third parties unless (1) you have indicated to us that you wish to receive information from such parties; (2) you otherwise give us your consent to do so; or (3) in response to a request for information or a subpoena.
II. Legal disclosures and disclosure for enforcement purposes
We may disclose Personal Information when we are required to or we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law (e.g., a lawful subpoena, warrant or court order); to enforce or apply this Policy or our other policies or agreements; to initiate, render, bill, and collect for amounts owed to us; to protect our or our users' rights, property or safety; to protect our users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of the Services; or if we believe that an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires or justifies disclosure of Personal Information.
III. Change of control or bankruptcy
Information about our customers, including Personal Information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which Personal Information could be transferred to third parties as one of Lawgood’s business assets. In such an event, we will attempt to notify you before your Personal Information is transferred, but you may not have the right to opt out of any such transfer.
IV. Sharing your Facebook information
Your Facebook friends’ names and one profile picture can be shared with other Lawgood members who are already friends with these Facebook friends.
D. UPDATING YOUR LISTING INFORMATION AND PUBLIC POSTS
You can correct certain information by logging into your account and changing the information, and you may also delete certain information by closing your account. In addition, lawyers may change certain information contained in their Profile by claiming their Profile and editing the information contained therein, or by sending us an email.
Please note that in certain circumstances, we may not, or may not be able to, remove or change certain information, even in the event an account is closed. For example, we may retain and continue to display any information you provided in connection with a question, answer, recommendation, review or rating. In addition, lawyers cannot remove their profiles, ratings, recommendations or reviews by closing their accounts.
E. SECURITY MEASURES
We endeavor to secure your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure by putting into place reasonable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect. For example, we may use encryption, passwords, and physical security measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized access or disclosure.
However, as you probably know, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications or defeat these measures and other users may abuse or misuse your personal information or use it for improper purposes. Therefore, we do not promise and cannot guarantee, and thus you should not expect, that personal information or private communications will not be collected and used by others. Lawgood is not responsible for the unauthorized use by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available.
F. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES & PRACTICES
H. CHANGES TO THE POLICY
We may change the provisions of this Policy at any time, and we will always post the most up-to-date version on the Site. If we determine, in our sole discretion, that a modification to this Policy materially affects your rights, we will notify you (by, for example, sending a message to your account email).