Privacy Policy for Practical Law Websites

Privacy policy applicable to all Practical Law US websites.

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Privacy Policy for Practical Law Websites

West Publishing Corporation dba Practical Law (Practical Law) provides know-how resources and services for practicing lawyers through us.practicallaw.com and other related proprietary websites (Practical Law Websites). Practical Law posts and conforms with this Privacy Policy, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations, as an expression of its commitment to respect and protect the privacy of users of the Practical Law Websites.

This Privacy Policy applies to Practical Law's operation and administration of the Practical Law Websites, and to information that users may provide or that Practical Law may have access to through the Practical Law Websites, but not necessarily to any of Practical Law's other operations, services or publications. A separate Data Protection Policy (www.practicallaw.com/3-386-5597) also applies to certain Practical Law Websites operated by Practical Law's affiliates outside of the United States. Practical Law may revise this Privacy Policy at any time without notice by posting the amended Privacy Policy on the Practical Law Websites.

All access to and use of the Practical Law Websites and related services and materials is subject to the terms and conditions in Practical Law's Terms of Use (www.practicallaw.com/2-383-6690). The provisions of the Terms of Use take precedence over any inconsistent or contrary provisions in this Privacy Policy.

Users may address questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or the Practical Law Websites by email to: info-us@practicallaw.com.

 

User Information That Practical Law May Collect

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.

 

Storage, Transfer and Security of User Information

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.

Subject to the Terms of Use, Practical Law will undertake reasonable efforts consistent with industry practices to maintain the security of user information against unauthorized access. However, the transmission of information through the internet is not completely secure, so Practical Law does not guarantee the security of user information transmitted to or from the Practical Law Websites. Any such transmission is at the user's own risk.

 

How Practical Law May Apply 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 any other way authorized by a user, including as permitted by the Terms of Use and subscription agreements.

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: info-us@practicallaw.com.

 

Permitted Disclosures of User Information by Practical Law

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

  • otherwise as contemplated by this Privacy Policy, the Terms of Use or any subscription agreement.

 
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