Privacy Policy

ChronLaw Privacy Policy

Last modified: March 2, 2015

 

There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share news and information, to communicate with other people or to create new content. When you share information with us, for example by creating a ChronLaw Account, we can make those services even better – to show you more relevant news, search results and ads, to help you connect with people or to make sharing with others quicker and easier. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we are using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.

Our Privacy Policy explains:

  • What information we collect and why we collect it.
  • How we use that information.
  • The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.

We have tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you are not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first.

Your privacy matters to ChronLaw so whether you are new to ChronLaw or a regular user, please take the time to get to know our practices.

Information we collect

We may collect information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you will find most useful, the people and services that matter most to you online, or what news and resources you might like.

We collect information in two ways:

  • Information you give us. For example, many of our services may require you to sign up for a ChronLaw Account. When you do, we may ask for personal information, like your name, email address, telephone number or credit card. If you want to take full advantage of the sharing features we offer, we might also ask you to create a publicly visible ChronLaw Profile, which may include your name and photo.
  • Information we get from your use of our services. We may collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you read an article, watch a video, visit a website that uses our advertising services, or you view and interact with our ads and content. This information includes:
    • Device information. We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information which may include phone number). ChronLaw may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your ChronLaw Account.
    • Log information. When you use our services or view content provided by ChronLaw, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:
      • details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
      • telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
      • Internet protocol address.
      • device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
      • cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your ChronLaw Account.
    • Location information. When you use ChronLaw services, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We may use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide ChronLaw with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.
    • Unique application numbers. Certain services include a unique application number. This number and information about your installation (for example, the operating system type and application version number) may be sent to ChronLaw when you install or uninstall that service or when that service periodically contacts our servers, such as for automatic updates.
    • Local storage. We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.
    • Cookies and anonymous identifiers. We and our partners may use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit or use a ChronLaw service, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device. We may also use cookies and anonymous identifiers when you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as advertising services or ChronLaw features that may appear on other sites. ChronLaw may make use of various analytics products and services to help ChronLaw and other businesses and site owners analyze the traffic to their respective websites and apps. When used in conjunction with advertising services, such as those using Google or DoubleClick cookies and products, ChronLaw analytics information may be linked, using such technology, with information about visits to multiple sites.

How we use information we collect

We may use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect ChronLaw and our users. We may also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant news, search results and ads.

We may use the name you provide for your ChronLaw Profile across all of the services we offer that require a ChronLaw Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your ChronLaw Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible ChronLaw Profile information, such as your name and photo.

If you have a ChronLaw Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, and actions you take on ChronLaw or on third-party services and applications connected to your ChronLaw Account (such as reviews you write and comments you post) in our and our affiliates’ services, including displaying in ads and other commercial contexts. We will respect the choices you make to limit sharing or visibility settings in your ChronLaw Account.

When you contact ChronLaw, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.

We may use information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. One of the products we may use to do this on our own services is Google Analytics. For example, by saving your language preferences, we may be able to have our services appear in the language you prefer. When showing you tailored ads, we will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.

Our automated systems may analyze your content, including reviews, posts and emails, to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.

We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other ChronLaw and affiliate services – for example to make it easier to share things with people you know. We will not knowingly combine DoubleClick or third-party cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

ChronLaw may process personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.

Transparency and choice

People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you may:

  • Visit your ChronLaw Account Profile for settings that allow you to control the collection of personal information from ChronLaw services, which may include search and location history.
  • Review and control certain types of information tied to your ChronLaw Account.
  • View and edit your preferences about the ChronLaw ads shown to you on ChronLaw and across the web, such as which categories might interest you. You may also opt out of certain ChronLaw advertising services here.
  • Adjust  how the Profile associated with your ChronLaw Account appears to others.
  • Control  who you share information with through your ChronLaw Account.
  • Take information  associated with your ChronLaw Account out of many of our services.
  • Choose whether your Profile name and Profile photo appear in shared endorsements that appear in ads.

You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. For example, we may not remember your language and other preferences.

Information you share

Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including ChronLaw. Our services generally may provide you with different options on sharing and removing your content.

Accessing and updating your personal information

Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup or third-party systems).

Where we can provide information access and correction, we generally will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup or third-party systems.

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of ChronLaw unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • With your consent. We may share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of ChronLaw when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
  • With domain administrators. If your ChronLaw Account is managed for you by a domain administrator  (for example, for ChronLaw or affiliate apps users) then your domain administrator and resellers who provide user support to your organization may have access to your ChronLaw Account information (including your email and other data). Your domain administrator may be able to:
    • view statistics regarding your account, like statistics regarding applications you install.
    • change your account password.
    • suspend or terminate your account access.
    • access or retain information stored as part of your account.
    • receive your account information in order to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
    • restrict your ability to delete or edit information or privacy settings.

    Please refer to your domain or affiliate administrators’ privacy policy for more information.

  • For external processing. We may provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • For legal reasons. We may share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of ChronLaw, if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
    • meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
    • enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
    • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
    • protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of ChronLaw, our affiliates and users, or the public as required or permitted by law.

We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If ChronLaw is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Information security

We work hard to protect ChronLaw and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

  • We may encrypt many of our services using SSL or other products and services.
  • We may offer you verification when you access your ChronLaw Account, and recommend safe browsing features available in many browsers and operating systems.
  • We may review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.
  • We may restrict access to personal information to ChronLaw and affiliate’s employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who generally are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

When this Privacy Policy applies

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by ChronLaw and its affiliates, including many affiliate services offered on other sites, such as advertising services, but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in news or search results, sites that may include ChronLaw services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.

Compliance and cooperation with regulatory authorities

We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. We also adhere to several self regulatory frameworks. When we receive formal written complaints, we may contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We may work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.

Changes

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice, including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes. We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

Specific product practices

Other notices may explain specific privacy practices with respect to certain ChronLaw products, apps and services that you may use.

For more information about other products, apps and services, you should review the respective products’ privacy policies, terms of use, licenses, notices and guides.

Further useful privacy and security related materials may be found on other ChronLaw policies and principles pages, which may include:

  • Information about our technologies and principles, which may include, among other things, more information on
  • Information that explains what data is shared with ChronLaw or its affiliates when you visit websites that use various advertising, analytics and social products.
  • Information which provides information on how to stay safe and secure online.

Your agreement to terms of Privacy Policy

By using or continuing to use ChronLaw’s products, apps and services, including this website, or by providing information to us, you accept and agree to the collection and use of your personal data for the purposes described. 

Contact information

To request further information, about ChronLaw’s Privacy Policy or about how ChronLaw processes personal information, please refer to the ChronLaw contact page, or direct same in writing to:

The Law Office of Richard S. Patterson
Attn: ChronLaw
P. O. Box 270492
Houston, Texas 77277
United States