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Privacy Policy


This Privacy Statement sets forth the information gathering, use, and dissemination practices of the Philadelphia Bar Association (the “Association”) in connection with this World Wide Web site (the "Site"). This Privacy Statement addresses the Association’s practices regarding information collected only directly through or from the Site. It does not address or govern any information gathering, use, or dissemination practices related to information collected other than directly through or from the Site, including, without limitation, from or via telephone, facsimile, postal mail, personal delivery, or other or additional offline means or media. The Association can be contacted by mail at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, by phone at 215-238-6300, or by e-mail at philabar@philabar.org

1. Collection of Personal Information from Site Visitors.

The Association may collect or track (1) the home server domain names, e-mail addresses, type of client computer, files downloaded, search engine used, operating system, and type of Web browser of visitors to the Site, (2) the e-mail addresses of visitors that communicate with the Association via e-mail, (3) information knowingly provided by the visitor in online forms, registration forms, surveys, e-mail, and other online avenues (including, without limitation, demographic and personal profile data), and (4) aggregate and user-specific information regarding which pages Site visitors access. When a visitor performs a search within the Site, the Association may record information identifying the visitor or linking the visitor to the search performed. The Association may also record information for every search request and use that information to solve technical problems directly or indirectly in connection with the Site and to calculate overall usage statistics.

2. Use of Personal Data Collected.

Personal data collected by the Association may be used by the Association for many reasons, for example, for editorial and feedback purposes, for a statistical analysis of users' behavior, for product development, for content improvement, for fulfillment of a requested transaction or recordkeeping, to track “hits” on Web display advertisements or vendor icons, or to customize the content and layout of the Site. Aggregate data on visitors' home servers may be used for internal purposes, and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information which visitors voluntarily provide to the Association will be added to the Association’s databases and may be used for follow-up with visitors. The Association also may use Site visitor data to contact the Site visitors regarding account status and changes to the subscriber agreement, privacy statement, and any other policies or agreements relevant to Site visitors. The Association reserves the right to use personal data collected from Site visitors to seek permission from visitors for subsequent releases of personal data.

3. Use of Cookies.

The Association may set and access cookies on your computer. The Association lets third parties that show advertisements on our pages to set and access cookies on your computer. Third parties’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies and is not controlled by the Association. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. If you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block cookies.

4. Disclosure of Personal Data to Third Parties.

Identifiable or non-identifiable data may be disclosed or distributed to another party for the purposes of software maintenance, or to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, or other government agency, department, or body, whether or not pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or if determined by the Association in its sole judgment that such disclosure or distribution is appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of the Association or any other person or entity.

While the Association may undertake efforts to see that any third party to which the Association shares or otherwise discloses personal data is under a general ethical or contractual obligation to use the personal data solely for the purposes for which the data was disclosed, such third parties are independent third parties over which the Association exercises no control, and the Association is not responsible for their conduct, actions, omissions, or information handling or dissemination practices and the Association will not be liable therefor. If visitors have questions about the use or dissemination of the information by third parties, they must contact the third parties directly.

This Site may contain links to other World Wide Web sites or advertisements for or placed by third parties. The Association is not responsible for the privacy practices of such Web sites, advertisers, or third parties, or for the content of such sites or advertisements. It is possible that these links or advertisements, themselves, may be used by third parties or others to collect personal or other information about Site visitors. It is solely the visitors' obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other Web sites and of these advertisers and third parties. The Association has the right within its sole discretion to provide such personal information from time to time to vendors who are doing business with the Association. 5. Security Measures.

The Association has implemented numerous security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. For example, this site is protected by firewall security to deter "hackers" from gaining access to such information, and all credit card transactions over this site are completed using ssl encryption and certificate. Please be advised, however, that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from the Association via this Site or e-mail cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, the Association is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet. Instead of communicating with the Association via e-mail, the Site or the Internet, visitors can contact the Association by mail at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or by phone at 215-238-6300.

6. Opt-Out Right.

Once a Site visitor submits his or her personally identifiable information, the visitor does not have the opportunity to opt-out of subsequent permitted use of his or her personally identifiable information by the Association as set forth herein.

7. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Data.

Upon a visitor's request via postal mail, e-mail, or phone, the Association will provide to the visitor a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by the Association regarding the visitor, which information has been voluntarily provided to the Association through a request for information or referral through the site. A visitor may modify, correct, change or update their personally identifiable information by contacting the Association via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone at the addresses or numbers above.

8. Right to Change Privacy Statement.

The Association may change this Privacy Statement at any time. Notice of any new or revised Privacy Statement, as well as the location of the new or revised statement, will be posted on the Site for at least 60 days after the change. It is the obligation of users visiting the Site before the change to learn of changes to the Privacy Statement since their last visit. Any change to this Privacy Statement shall be effective as to any visitor who has visited the Site before the change was made.

9. Public Forums.

This Site makes or may make chat rooms, discussion forums, list serves, podcasts and blogs available to its users. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and the Association has no liability for its disclosure to or reliance upon by any parties or users. Users should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information.