Revised/updated: Sept. 15, 2020
A. Personal Data We Collect
We collect any information you choose to put in an e-mail you send us, including your e-mail address, as well as your name if you include it. (YOU SHOULD NOT SEND US PRIVILEGED OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION VIA E-MAIL ADDRESSES LISTED AT THE WEBSITE UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY A SYCAMORE LEGAL CLIENT WITH AN ENGAGEMENT LETTER SIGNED BY BOTH YOU AND US. OTHERWISE, WE CAN’T PROMISE TO KEEP YOUR INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL OR TO TREAT IT AS ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGED.)
We also collect data on how our website is used: number of page visits and duration, type of browser, etc. This “usage data” may include personal information, like your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.
Some of this usage data comes through “cookies.” A cookie is a string of data our system sends your computer and then uses to identify your computer when you return to our Website. You can set up most browsers to refuse all cookies or to notify you of any cookies you receive. But if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to make as efficient use of our Website.
Our Website is not meant to collect data from children or from anyone under 18. If you know of children’s information collected through our Website, please contact us at info@SycamoreLegal.com.
Do Not Track Notice
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a setting in a web browser that directs websites not to track your behavior. You can activate the DNT settings through most browsers. We do not track users across third party Websites, so we don’t respond to DNT signals.
B. Our Use of Personal Information
We use your personal information to reply to messages you send us through via e-mail. Also, if you send us an e-mail, we may put your name and e-mail address on our notices list, so that you get e-mail notice of future announcements. (You can unsubscribe when you receive one of those announcements.)
C. Retention of Personal Information
D. Transfer of Personal Data
We may store or process your data outside your city, province, state, or country, including through one of our contractors (described below). So your personal information may be stored in a country that operates under privacy and data protection laws different from those of your home jurisdiction.
E. Contractor and Other Third Party Access to Personal Information
We give certain independent contractors access to data we collect, including personal information. Those contractors help with hosting and storage of this Website, tracking Website use, and marketing to and communications with Website users. (See below for information related to three sets of those contractors: WordPress and its subcontractors, Google Analytics, and Mailchimp.)
Some of the contractors may make independent use of data they gain through us, including personal information. In most cases, we do not know about or control that use.
We also may disclose personal data to attorneys or law enforcement authorities to address contract violations or illegal behavior. And we disclose any information demanded in a court order or otherwise required by law or to prevent harm to persons or property. Finally, we may share personal data in connection with a corporate transaction, like a merger or sale of our company, the sale of most of our assets, or a bankruptcy.
WordPress and Its Subcontractors
Our Website is hosted on the WordPress system, provided by a company called Automatic. All data collected through our Website is collected by WordPress’ computers. For information on WordPress’ privacy practices, please visit WordPress’ Privacy Notice for Visitors to Our Users’ Sites.
Our Website also uses “plugin” software from various third party vendors who serve WordPress users. These third parties may also gain access to data collected by or through WordPress at our site.
We are not responsible for the conduct of WordPress, Mailchimp, or any other contractor (but this doesn’t alter our responsibility as attorneys for our client’s privileged information).
Finally, as noted above, we compile Website usage statistics from data collected through cookies. We may publish those statistics or share them with third parties, but they don’t include personal data.
F. Protection of Personal Data
We protect the data you send us in e-mails by storing it on password-protected computers and by sharing it only with contractors who have agreed to use it only as we instruct and within the law. However, you should be aware that, once we use information in an e-mail to send you a response, that information is outside of our control and our contractors’ control and could be compromised online.
We do not directly store the personal data that may be included in usage data collected by cookies and other mechanisms at our site. That data is collected and stored on our behalf by our contractors, including WordPress and Google Analytics, under their security procedures. See Section E above for more information on those contractors and their policies.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the security of personal data. By using our Website, you acknowledge and agree that we make no such guarantee and that you use our Website at your own risk.
G. Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Data
You can access and change any personal data we store by contacting us via e-mail, at info@SycamoreLegal.com.
H. Special Terms related to the European Economic Area
If you are in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), this Section H applies to you.
Legal Basis for Processing
We process (use) the personal data you give us by e-mailing us (e-mail address, etc.) because, by sending us e-mail, you’ve sent us that data and authorized us to use it.
We process usage data, like number of page visits and personal data like IP addresses, because our contractors (e.g., Google Analytics) use that data to tell us about usage of our Website. So we believe the lawful basis for processing that data is that it’s in our legitimate interests.
We will also process personal data wherever we have a legal obligation to do so—for instance, if a court subpoenas that data.
Your Rights Under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)
If you wish to know what personal data we hold about you, to have us remove it, or otherwise to exercise your rights, please contact us at info@SycamoreLegal.com.
You also have the following rights related to your personal data, under European Union law:
- The right to access, update, or delete your personal data.
- The right of rectification—to have your information altered if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The right to object to our processing of your personal data.
- The right of restriction—to request that we restrict how we process your personal data.
- The right to data portability—to receive a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable, and commonly used format.
- The right to withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data.
- The right to complain to an EEA data protection authority (a government agency) about our management of your personal data.
J. Contacting Us