We automatically track and collect the following categories of information when you visit our Site: (1) IP addresses; (2) domain servers; (3) types of computers accessing the Site; (4) types of web browsers used to access the Site; (5) referring source which may have sent you to the Site; and (6) other information associated with the interaction of your browser and the Site (collectively "Traffic Data").
In order for you to access certain areas of the Site, we may require you to provide us with certain information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information includes the following categories of information: (1) Contact Data (such as your e-mail address, phone number and LawNearMe password); (2) Demographic Data (such as your gender, your date of birth and your zip code); (3) Search data (such as the queries you make looking for a service provider). If you communicate with us by, for example, e-mail or letter, any information provided in such communication may be collected as Personal Information.
We also collect other information, some of which may be Personal Information that you voluntarily provide to us when you choose to use some of the Site's interactive tools and services ("Interactive Tools"), such as searching for Providers, searching for available appointments with them, and consultation forms prior to consultations. We also collect information you provide voluntarily in free-form text boxes on the Site and through responses to surveys, questionnaires and the like.
"Cookies" are small computer files that are transferred to your computer's hard drive that contain information such as user ID, user preferences, lists of pages visited and activities conducted while browsing the Site. At your option, expense and responsibility, you may block cookies or delete cookies from your hard drive. However, by disabling cookies, you may not have access to the entire set of features of the Site.
Generally, we use "cookies" to customize your experience on our Site and to store your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit the Site.
Other cookies used by our business partners may collect other non-personally identifying information, such as the computer's IP address, type of operating system, type of internet browsing software, what web pages were viewed at what time, the geographic location of your internet service provider and demographic information, such as gender and age range. This information is used to provide LawNearMe with more information about our users' demographics and internet behaviors.
We do not link the information stored in these cookies directly to any of your Personal Information you submit while on the Site, however.
In limited circumstances we also may use "Web Beacons" to collect anonymous, non-personal information about your use of our Site and the sites of selected sponsors and advertisers, and your use of emails, special promotions or newsletters we send to you. "Web Beacons" are tiny graphic image files imbedded in a web page or email that provide a presence on the web page or email and send back to its home server information from the user's browser. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using the Site and selected sponsors' and advertisers' sites, or opening our emails, and for what purposes.
We store all Traffic Data and review postings indefinitely, even after "deletion," and may archive such information elsewhere. We store all Personal Information until you request that we modify or delete it, in which case we may still wind up retaining some of that information for the reasons described in Section 20 below.
LawNearMe does not collect information from children under the age of 13 in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") as discussed below. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor child, you may, in compliance with the Terms of Service, use the Site or Services on behalf of such minor child. Any information that you provide while using the Site or Service on behalf of your minor child will be treated as Personal Information as otherwise provided herein.
COPPA severely restricts what information can be collected from children under the age of 13. For this reason, children under the age of 13 in the United States are prohibited from using the Site. The Site is not directed at children, and LawNearMe does not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13. If we learn that we have received any information from an individual under the age of 13, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or a parent or legal guardian) to inform him or her that he or she cannot use the Services and subsequently we will delete that information from our own servers.
We may use your Personal Information to recommend certain resources or legal providers. We may use your Contact Data to send you information about LawNearMe or our products or Services, to contact you when necessary, including to remind you of upcoming or follow-up appointments, and in conjunction with your use of certain Interactive Tools. We may use your Demographic Data or your Traffic Data to tailor your experience on the Site, in emails and in other communications, displaying content that we think you might be interested in and according to your preferences. You agree that LawNearMe may use Personal Information to allow your attorney to make appointments with other attorneys on your behalf through the Services. We may also use your de-identified Personal Information to run (or authorize third parties to run) statistical research on individual or aggregate legal trends. Such research would only use your Personal Information in an anonymous manner that cannot be tied directly back to you.
- You may choose to authorize LawNearMe to share your Personal Information with selected Providers.
- We may share your Contact Data or Demographic Data with Providers you choose to schedule on the Site.
- In order to customize your advertising interactions, we may share Personal Information with advertisers and other third parties only on an aggregate (i.e., non-personally-identifiable) basis.
- We may share your de-identified Personal Information with third parties to enable them to run statistical research on individual or aggregate trends.
You may choose not to provide us with any Personal Information. In such an event, you can still access and use much of the Site; however you will not be able to access and use those portions of the Site that require your Personal Information.
Any information that you may reveal in a review posting or other online discussion or forum is intentionally open to the public and is not in any way private. You should think carefully before disclosing any personally identifiable information in any public forum. What you have written may be seen and/or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. For example, when you enter sensitive information on our Site, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
You must promptly notify us if your Contact Data is lost, stolen, or used without permission. In such an event, we will remove that Contact Data from your account and update our records accordingly.
As a registered user of the Site, you can modify some of the Personal Information you have included in your profile or change your username by logging in and accessing your account. Upon your request, LawNearMe will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete your account and the Personal Information in your profile; however, it may be impossible to remove your account without some residual information being retained by LawNearMe. LawNearMe has no obligation to delete any data or information you provide on a through your account or the account of any legal professional to whom your information was supplied to on the site. Registered users who wish to close their account should contact help@LawNearMe.com.
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Last Updated on October 12, 2015.
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