In order to provide users with personalized access to the Practical Law Websites, to secure the Practical Law Websites against unauthorized use and access and to continuously improve the content, features and performance of the Practical Law Websites for the benefit of all users, Practical Law may collect and maintain information as necessary to uniquely identify individual users, to administer pre-subscription trials and subscription accounts and to monitor and track patterns of usage of the Practical Law Websites.
In particular, Practical Law may collect and store any and all of the following types of information and data, among others, in relation to each individual, identifiable user of the Practical Law Websites:
name, business address, telephone and email address;
user id, password and access authorizations;
trial or subscription account records;
configuration profiles, preferences and settings;
internet protocol (IP) address, location information and communications data;
operating system and browser type;
records of resources accessed, transactions conducted and other usage activities through the Practical Law Websites.
Practical Law may collect this user and usage information directly or indirectly from individual users or from a user's firm, company or other employer that subscribes to Practical Law's services, through printed order forms, registration forms, surveys and automated data collection means on the Practical Law Websites, email, fax and posted correspondence and telephone contacts.
Practical Law Websites may also employ cookies (small data files stored on and read from the hard disk of a user's computer) to associate usage of the Practical Law Websites with individual users and to obtain certain information about a user's general internet usage, settings and environment. A user may refuse to accept cookies by making appropriate browser settings. However, if cookies are not accepted, certain parts of the Practical Law Websites may not be accessible or may not operate correctly.
Practical Law may use services hosted by third parties such as Google Analytics to assist in providing and improving the Practical Law Websites. These services may collect information sent by a user's browser as part of a web page request, including the user's IP address or cookies. If these third party services collect information, they do so anonymously and in the aggregate to provide information helpful to Practical Law such as website trends, without identifying individual visitors.
User information that Practical Law collects and maintains may be stored on, and may be transferred among, servers and other facilities owned or operated by Practical Law, any of its affiliates and their authorized subcontractors and service providers, located within or outside the United States or the European Economic Area (EEA). In addition, user information may be handled and processed by staff of Practical Law, its affiliates and such subcontractors and service providers at such locations, engaged in fulfilling users' orders, processing payment details and other support services and activities in connection with administration and operation of the Practical Law Websites. By submitting any user information to Practical Law, including by any use of the Practical Law Websites, the user acknowledges and agrees to the foregoing collection, storage, transfer and processing of such user information.
Practical Law, its affiliates and their authorized subcontractors and service providers may apply user information, including any personal or personally identifiable information, in the following ways:
to present the Practical Law Websites in a manner suited to each user's preferences, and the characteristics and configuration of the user's computer, operating system, browser software, network and internet connection;
to provide users with information and access to services and features that they request from Practical Law;
to carry out Practical Law's contractual obligations to users;
to enhance the user experience;
to notify users of changes to the Practical Law Websites;
to provide advertisers and other third parties with usage statistics, in aggregated form not identifying individual users; and
In addition, Practical Law may send marketing solicitations (through the Practical Law Websites, email and other means) about products and services offered by Practical Law, its affiliates, advertisers or other third parties, that might be of interest to users on the basis of user information they have provided. Users are entitled to decline to receive such solicitations (opt out) by notifying Practical Law at: email@example.com.
In limited circumstances, including the following, Practical Law may disclose user information to government authorities or third parties:
to comply with a valid order of any court or regulatory body of competent jurisdiction;
to Practical Law's affiliates;
to successors or assigns resulting from an acquisition of the stock or assets of Practical Law or its affiliates; and