We collect, use and share Personal Information from various sources to perform the Services and to accomplish our business and commercial purposes and objectives. You supply most of the Personal Information in our possession, whether directly when you or your authorized agent provide the information to us so that we can provide Services, or indirectly from the collection or generation of information in the course of our provision of Services. Should you choose not to provide some of the Personal Information we request, we may be unable to provide you with one or more of the Services.
Online Users. If you use our website, you may provide contact and other information (e.g., through our “Join our Mailing List” link ) to enable us to furnish you with information about legal developments and our Services. You also may provide contact and other information when using email outside of our website. In addition, your browser will provide other information automatically, as described further below:
Automatic Data Collection. We collect certain information when you use our website or Services. This information may include your internet protocol (“IP”) address, cookie identifiers, mobile carrier, mobile advertising and other unique identifiers, details about your browser, operating system or device, location information, internet service provider, pages that you visit and links you click on our website, and other information about how you use the website. Information we collect may be associated with accounts and other devices.
Anonymized or Aggregated Information. We record certain anonymized or aggregated information about your use or evaluation of our website. Anonymized or aggregated information is used for a variety of functions, including the measurement of interest in and use of various portions or features of the website. Anonymized or aggregated information is not Personal Information, and we may use such information in a number of ways, including internal analysis and research. We may share this information with third-parties for our purposes in an anonymized or aggregated form that is designed to prevent anyone from identifying you.
Cookies and Pixels. Similar to other consumer internet services, our website uses “cookies,” a small piece of computer code that enables our internet servers to “identify” users, each time an individual initiates a session on our website. A cookie is set in order to identify you and tailor the website to you. Cookies do not store any of the Personal Information that you provide to us; they are simply identifiers. You may delete cookie files from your own hard drive at any time through your browser settings. However, cookies may be necessary to provide access to much of the content and many of the features of the website.
Pixel Tags. Along with cookies, we may use “pixel tags,” also known as “web beacons,” which are small graphic files that allow us to monitor the use of our site. A pixel tag can collect information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL of the page on which the pixel tag appears; the time the page containing the pixel tag was viewed; the type of browser that fetched the pixel tag; and the identification number of any cookie on the computer previously placed by that server.
“Do Not Track” Technology. We do not collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across different web sites or online services. Therefore, our site does not respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals. We do not knowingly authorize third-parties to collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across different web sites or online services.
Clients. The type of Personal Information we collect that relate to prospective or current clients of our firm varies depending on the client and matter. It may include information related to our clients’ employees, customers, and contractors, communications with our client, and other information that may be relevant for the matter, including information related to criminal offenses, if applicable. We may collect information such as personal identifiers (e.g., name, contact information); characteristics (e.g., nationality); biometric information (e.g., photographs); financial and other personal information (e.g., account information for billing or deposits); internet or network activity information (e.g., browsing history and interactions with our websites); audio, video, electronic or similar information (e.g., call recordings, recordings of meetings); education, professional or employment-related information (e.g., job title, work history). We may collect information directly from you when you or your authorized agent provide the information to us, as well as indirectly through your activities on our website (e.g., submissions through our website portal, website usage details collected automatically) and through our provision of Services, including through third party sources (e.g., public records, authorities which monitor legal compliance, the counterparty in your matter).
Counterparties. We may obtain Personal Information from you if you are a counterparty in a matter with our client.
Job Applicants. Job applicants are asked to provide contact information, resume, transcripts, school, graduation year, the office, department, position for which you are applying, and other information. We also may collect information from third parties such as previous employers and personal references. We may use third party contractors to collect information related to references and other employment qualifications.
Employees. Personal information that we obtain relating to our employees include, without limitation, personal identifiers (e.g., name, date of birth, address, phone number, Social Security number); characteristics (e.g., nationality, race, gender, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability); biometric information (e.g., fingerprint, image and user behavior characteristics); financial, health and other personal information (e.g., bank account information for direct deposits, health insurance information, other information to administer employee benefits); internet or network activity information (e.g., browsing history and interactions with our public and internal websites and with employer-provided and bring-your-own devices); geolocation data (e.g., device location and IP address when employees interact with our public and internal websites and with employer-provided and bring-your-own devices); audio, video, electronic or similar information (e.g., call recordings, recordings of meetings); professional or employment-related information (e.g., resume, work history); education (e.g., school, degree, graduation year); and miscellaneous other information (e.g., marital status, food preferences). We use employee identification and user name to regulate access to our technology such as email, records and word processing. We also collect information about employees’ beneficiaries and dependents to the extent our employees choose to enroll them in our benefit plans and arrangements.
Information from Other Sources. We collect contact and payment information from our contractors and their employees to facilitate our use of the contractors’ services. We collect contact information from you if you register to attend an event sponsored by the firm, and additional information about your bar status if you are an attorney registering to receive continuing legal education credit at a seminar given by us.
We may use or share personal information to provide Services and to accomplish our business and commercial purposes and objectives, including the following:
- To meet the reason you provided the information and to administer and perform the Services;
- To engage in marketing and business development, including without limitation to provide information concerning legal developments, firm personnel and expertise to current and prospective clients;
- To process employment applications, make employment determinations, and manage and support our team of professionals, including to verify eligibility and administer employment benefits and accommodations;
- To provide, maintain, personalize and develop our website, databases, network, infrastructure, devices, assets and Services;
- To debug, including to identify and repair technical errors that impair intended functionalities;
- To perform security functions, including to detect security breaches, protect against fraud and malicious activities, and take action against wrongdoers;
- To serve and protect the rights, property or safety of our clients, employees, us or others, as necessary or appropriate;
- To perform auditing and due diligence functions, including without limitation for purposes of onboarding prospective clients, legal and regulatory compliance;
- To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, sale, transfer or other transaction concerning some or all of our assets;
- To respond to governmental authorities, including law enforcement requests, and as required by applicable law, court order, or regulations.
We will not share or disclose your Personal Information except as follows:
No Renting, Selling or Trading Your Personal Information. We will never rent, sell or trade your Personal Information to unaffiliated third parties, such as sellers of goods or services, for their own business or commercial purposes.
Sharing with Service Providers. There are circumstances in which we may share your Personal Information with non-affiliated third-party service providers, including to perform business and technology related functions and to support the provision of the Services. For example, we may use third-party providers to provide services such as court-reporting; mailing; data processing and storage; payment processing and escrow services; identification verification and fraud detection; customer support; benefits management and marketing. We require these third parties to maintain the privacy and security of the Personal Information they access.
To Protect Ourselves or Others. We may share your Personal Information as required by law, such as when we reasonably believe it is necessary or appropriate to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, if we believe doing so is required or appropriate to comply with law enforcement or legal process, such as a court order or subpoena; to protect your, our or others’ rights, property, or safety; to enforce our policies or contracts; or to collect amounts owed.
Website and Social Media. We share the images and professional experience of our attorney employees and partners on our website and social media.
Disclosure in the Event of Merger, Sale, or Other Asset Transfers. If we are involved in a merger, acquisition, financing due diligence, reorganization, bankruptcy, receivership, purchase or sale of assets, or transition of service to another provider, then your Personal Information may be transferred as part of such a transaction, as permitted by law and/or written agreements between you and us.
Your Choices About Personal Information
You may decline to provide Personal Information to us. Declining to provide Personal Information may mean that we will be unable to provide Services to you (e.g., legal services, website features that require Personal Information) or to hire you to join our team of professionals.
Opting out of Email Marketing Communications. We may use your Personal Information to communicate with you about website postings that we believe will be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive marketing communications from us, please follow the “unsubscribe” instructions provided in the communication or contact us at email@example.com. Please note that clients cannot opt-out of administrative communications relating to the Services we provide to them, such as billing or service notifications.
We take reasonable steps, endeavoring to use appropriate technical or organizational measures, to protect your Personal Information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. However, no internet, email, or electronic operating system that enables the transmission of data is ever fully secure or error free; therefore, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
Social Media and Links to Other Web Sites and Applications
Children Under Age 16
Stroock will not intentionally collect Personal Information about any person under the age of 16, except as required in our role as our clients’ attorneys. If we learn that we have collected or received Personal Information from a child under age 16 without verification of parental/guardian consent, we will delete that information.
Questions and Contacting Us
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
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