Personally Identifiable Information
We do not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it voluntarily. Personally identifiable information may include the following: name, e-mail address, mailing address, or telephone number.
In accordance with U.S. law, we enable individuals to opt out of receiving marketing and other discretionary communications as well as update their contact information and preferences.
You may request to be added to the firm’s mailing list database to receive invitations, announcements, and legal alerts. To be added, you must complete an online form and furnish your name, title, company information, business phone number, e-mail address, and practice areas of interest. Your personally identifiable information is processed and stored by Ballard Spahr marketing personnel and resides in a contact database on a Ballard Spahr secure server, which is accessible only to Ballard Spahr personnel.
In addition, Ballard Spahr may hire or collaborate with other companies to perform services on our behalf, such as sending newsletters and event invitations. These companies may be supplied with or have access to your Personally Identifiable Information for the sole purpose of providing these services to us or on our behalf.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
The firm’s blog/Web site uses Google Analytics, a Web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., (“Google”) to collect information on our blog/Web site’s activity. Google Analytics uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to help us analyze how visitors use the site.
The information generated by the cookie is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Cookies collect information on browser type, operating system type, network location (domain), IP (Internet Protocol) address, and other similar information. Google uses this information to evaluate and compile reports on site usage, which only Ballard Spahr blog/Web site administrators and our third-party blog developer access to help maintain and improve the site. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. No personally identifiable information about you is collected via your IP address, and Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Disclosure of Information
Generally, we will not disclose personally identifiable information that we collect through your use of the site to unaffiliated third parties. We reserve the right, however, to provide such information (i) to our employees, contractors, agents, and designees to the extent necessary to enable them to perform database- and communications-related services (e.g., storage of information, distribution of newsletters), and (ii) to our partners when jointly sponsoring an educational program. We employ security measures (physical, electronic, and procedural) to keep all information secure.
Links to Third-Party Blogs/Web Sites
Our blog/Web site features links to third-party blogs and Web sites. Ballard Spahr is neither obligated to review the privacy policies of these blogs and sites nor responsible for ensuring that their practices comply with relevant laws or such third parties’ own policies. Ballard Spahr is not responsible for the content on these blogs and Web sites, so view them at your own risk. We do not disclose information of any kind to these blogs and sites.
This Blog/Web Site is Not Directed to Children
This blog/Web site is not directed to children under thirteen (13) years of age, and Ballard Spahr does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from such children. If you are younger than 13, please do not provide any personally identifiable information while using this blog/Web site.
Ballard Spahr reserves the right to transfer any and all information that we collect from users, or that we otherwise collect in connection with the blog/Web site, including, without limitation, to unaffiliated third parties or third parties (i.e., other legal entities of Ballard Spahr), in the event of a sale or transfer of assets or of any portion of our business.
Revisions to This Policy
We reserve the right to update and revise this Policy at any time. You can determine if this Policy has been revised since your last visit by referring to the “Effective Date of Current Policy” date at the bottom of this page. Your use of the Web site constitutes your acceptance of the terms of the Policy. You should review this Policy regularly to ensure that you are aware of future amendments.
Special Notification for Our Individual California Clients
We do not disclose our clients’ personal information to unaffiliated third parties for purposes of their direct marketing. However, we may provide our clients’ personal information to other legal entities of Ballard Spahr or partners with whom we jointly sponsor educational programs. This information may be used to send you legal updates, seminar invitations, and other information about the services offered by our other legal entities or partners. Because such entities or partners are considered “third parties” for purposes of California Civil Code Section 1798.83, we are providing the following information for individual California clients who have given us their personal information pursuant to an established legal services relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes (“Individual California Clients”).
Individual California Clients may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of personally identifiable information to third parties (i.e., other legal entities of Ballard Spahr or partners) for their direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us either by e-mail at email@example.com or by mail at the following address:
Attention: Marketing Department
Ballard Spahr LLP
1735 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599
Within thirty (30) days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to separate legal entities for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these entities. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the e-mail or mailing address specified in this paragraph.
Questions Regarding This Policy
If you have questions or comments regarding this Policy, or would like to opt out of receiving any communication from us, please contact:
Ballard Spahr LLP
1735 Market Street, 51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599
Effective Date: July 21, 2011