GTC LAW GROUP PC & AFFILIATES
Date Last Revised: May 24, 2018
Our privacy and data protection practices and policies may vary to the extent required by the applicable law of each state, country or region in which a data subject resides or which otherwise has jurisdiction over GTC with respect to such data (for example under regulations for particular types of data, sources of data or processing of data).
We may collect various types of information from visitors to our Site and from clients and other third parties authorized or directed to communicate with us in connection with our provision of legal services, some of which may be considered personal information under applicable law, including:
We may also collect information, including personal information (which is information that identifies you or that is associated with you), in the following situations:
We collect such information in order to communicate with Site visitors, provide legal services, operate, maintain and enhance the Site, market our services and fulfill specific requests.
We do not generally collect “sensitive” personal information (such as personal information regarding a person’s race, ethnicity, political beliefs, trade union membership, religious or similar beliefs, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal record). However, we may do so when appropriate for our clients or third parties involved in a matter we are handling, when the relevant individuals voluntarily provide us with this information or when such information is permitted to be collected under applicable law in connection with our provision of legal services.
Client and matter information is shared across our integrated computer networks for GTC. We may also share personal information with unaffiliated third parties for our legitimate professional and business needs, as required or permitted by applicable law or professional standards, and in connection with audits, to investigate or respond to a complaint or security threat or otherwise with appropriate consent or as permitted under applicable law. We may disclose personal information in order to respond to lawful requests of government, regulatory or law enforcement agencies, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements or where disclosure is required by or appropriate under applicable laws, orders, or government regulations.
In addition, your personal information may be shared in connection with the evaluation, negotiation or consummation of any transaction in which GTC sells, assigns or transfers all or any portion of its business or assets, by merger or other transaction, to a third party.
International Transfers. Information may be transferred to other countries where GTC and its agents, representatives, advisors, vendors and contractors are located. GTC may also store personal information in a jurisdiction other than where you reside and such jurisdiction may not provide the same level of protection for your personal information as your country of residence.
We may use the following types of cookies and similar technologies:
Most internet browsers accept cookies by default. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to reject all or some cookies. The help and support area on your internet browser should have instructions on how to block or delete cookies. Some web browsers (including some mobile web browsers) provide settings that allow you to control or reject cookies or to alert you to when a cookie is placed on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Although you are not required to accept cookies, if you block or reject them, you may not have access to all of the features available through our Site. Our Site may not recognize if your browser sends a “do not track” signal or similar mechanism to indicate you do not wish to be tracked or receive interest-based ads.
For more information, visit the help page for your web browser or see http://www.allaboutcookies.org or visit www.youronlinechoices.com which has further information about behavioral advertising and online privacy.
We may use third party analytics such as Google Analytics or similar analytics services. For information on how Google processes and collects your information regarding Google Analytics and how you can opt-out, please see https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We may receive information about the device you use to access the Site, including a unique identifier for your device. We and our service providers and third parties we collaborate with may use cross-device/cross-context tracking. For example, you might use multiple browsers on a single device or use various devices (such as desktops, smartphones, and tablets), which can result in your having multiple accounts or profiles across these various contexts and devices. Cross-device/cross-context technology may be used to connect these various accounts or profiles and the corresponding data from the different contexts and devices.
If you would like us to update your contact information or preferences or to be removed from our mailing lists, please email us at email@example.com and type “Opt-Out” on the subject line.
GTC understands the importance of protecting children’s privacy, especially in an online environment. The Site and our legal services are not designed for or directed at anyone under the age of eighteen (18) years old. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 18, except as part of an engagement to provide legal services and then only with consent of the parent or guardian or as otherwise permitted under applicable law. If you believe that a child under 13 years old (or under 16 years old for a European resident) has provided GTC with personally identifiable information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of personal information against unauthorized access, loss, use, disclosure or alteration by third parties. We seek to limit access to personal information to those who have a need to know and have appropriate confidentiality obligations in place. Despite our efforts, security of your personal information cannot be guaranteed.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may retain personal information for as long as the information is needed to facilitate our professional legal services, comply with our obligations (including to clients), resolve disputes, enforce our agreements, comply with an individual’s request, facilitate marketing or analytics or for as long as is reasonably necessary for other lawful purposes. We may retain some information for a longer period of time if required under applicable laws or regulations.
Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information in obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use may be entitled to (i) request and obtain from GTC, once per calendar year, information about such resident’s personal information that GTC has shared, if any, with other businesses for such other businesses’ own direct marketing uses, and (ii) direct that we stop any such sharing. If applicable, this information would include the categories of resident information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which GTC has shared such resident information for the immediately prior calendar year. If you believe you are entitled to such rights and wish to exercise them, please send an email message to email@example.com with “Request for California Privacy Information” in the subject line of your message or by mail to the address set forth below.
Canadian residents may have additional rights under Canadian law.
You, and we, confirm that it is our wish that this document and all other related documents be drawn up in English. Tous les parties reconnaissent avoir exigé la rédaction en anglais du présent document ainsi que tous les documents qui s’y rattachent.
If you are a resident of Europe or otherwise entitled to such rights under applicable law, you may have additional rights under applicable law related to the “Processing” of your “Personal Data” as such terms are defined below or otherwise under applicable law:
“Personal Data” means “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of such natural person” or as otherwise defined under applicable law; and
“Processing” means “any operation or set of operations which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction” or as otherwise defined under applicable law.
Purposes and Legal Bases for Processing Personal Data.
Our legal bases for the processing of Personal Data are consent and any other applicable legal bases, such as contractual necessity and our legitimate interest in engaging in commerce, supporting internal business functions, offering, providing and billing for legal services, preventing fraud, ensuring information and network security, marketing and advertising, and complying with industry practices and professional standards.
Additional Rights for European Residents. If you are a resident of Europe or otherwise entitled to such additional rights under applicable law, you may have one or more of the following additional rights under applicable law:
Access. To request a copy of Personal Data we have collected about you by contacting us.
Rectification & Erasure. To request that we rectify or delete any Personal Data we have collected about you that is incomplete, incorrect, unnecessary or outdated.
Objection. To object, at any time, to Personal Data we have collected about you being Processed for direct marketing purposes.
Restriction of Processing. To request restriction of Processing of Personal Data we have collected about you for certain reasons, such as, for example, if you consider such Personal Data to be inaccurate or you have objected to the Processing and the existence of legitimate grounds for Processing is still under consideration.
Data Portability. To request to receive Personal Data we have collected about you in a commonly-used and machine-readable form.
Right to Withdraw Consent. If Personal Data we have collected about you is processed solely based on your consent and not for any other legitimate interest, to withdraw your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of our Processing based on such consent before it was withdrawn, including processing related to existing contracts for our products and services.
Right to Lodge a Complaint with a DPA. If you believe our Processing of Personal Data we have collected about you is inconsistent with the applicable data protection laws, to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory data protection authority (“DPA”).
To exercise any of the above listed rights, please contact us as set forth below and provide sufficient details so that we can respond appropriately. We will process any requests in accordance with applicable law. We may need to verify the identity of the individual submitting a request before we can address such request. Also, we may have confidentiality or contractual obligations to our clients that may prevent us from sharing, deleting or restricting our Processing of certain information without their consent.
Questions and Complaints. You may direct any questions or complaints to our Data Protection Contact listed below.
You agree that GTC may use your information to make business, informational and collections calls relating to the legal services that we provide to all telephone numbers, including cellular numbers or mobile devices, you provide to GTC. You agree such calls may be pre-recorded messages or placed with an automatic telephone dialing system. In addition, you agree that GTC may send non-marketing service or account related text messages to cellular phone numbers you provide to GTC, and you agree to accept and pay all carrier message and data rates that apply to such text messages. If you provide an e-mail or other electronic address to GTC, you acknowledge and consent to receive business and informational messages from GTC at such address, including collections messages, and you represent and warrant that such address is your private address and is not accessible or viewable by any other person.
Chief Privacy Officer
GTC Law Group PC & Affiliates
One University Ave., Ste. 302B
Westwood, MA, 02090
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The following provisions apply to the extent permitted by applicable law.
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