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Any information you send us in an email message may not be confidential or privileged. Sending us an email will not make you a client of Parker Poe. If you are interested in having us represent you, you should call us so we can determine whether your matter is one for which we are willing or able to accept professional responsibility. We will not make this determination by email communication. The telephone numbers for each of our offices are listed on the Website. We reserve the right to decline any representation, and may have to decline representation if it would create a conflict of interest with an existing client. Do not, therefore, provide us with any confidential information, whether by the Website, letter, email, or telephone, until after we have had an opportunity to determine whether representing you would create a conflict of interest with an existing client. Any unsolicited information we receive from you will not be treated as an attorney-client confidence.
Collection of Information
“Personal Information” is information that may directly or indirectly identify you. We may collect Personal Information when you submit information to the Website. Some of this Personal Information is necessary for us to be able to respond to your inquiry; other information is provided optionally. We have never and will never sell your information to any other company, agency, or other third party. Below, we describe more specifically how we collect your Personal Information and what we do with it.
1. Personal Information You Provide to Us.
We collect Personal Information you provide directly to us when using the Website, including engaging our legal services or seeking legal advice, filling out a form, sending us an email, applying for a job, engaging with our social media, or registering or participating in an event. This information is necessary for the adequate performance of any contract between you and us, for our legitimate business purposes, and to allow us to comply with our legal obligations. Without this information, we may be unable to provide you with the services you request. The types of Personal Information you may provide us include:
- Contact information, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number.
- Employment information, including employer name, job title, office location, and other information publicly available on your social media, such as your LinkedIn profile.
- Education information, including educational degrees or certificates, qualifications, industry-related or other professional memberships, and languages.
- Demographic information, which may include certain protected categories of information, including age, race/ethnicity, and gender.
- Financial information, only if you are directing us to conduct certain transactions on your behalf.
- Any other information you choose to give us, including information relating to any matter in which you are seeking representation or legal advice.
2. Information We Automatically Collect from Your Use of the Website.
We automatically collect information, including Personal Information, about your visit to our Website and the services you use. This information is necessary to enable us to comply with legal obligations and be able to provide and improve the functionalities of the Website. We collect:
- Technical information, including internet protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, pages viewed, and approximate geo-location.
- Device information, including mobile device hardware model and operating system, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information.
- Information collected by cookies/tracking technologies. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Website, and understanding how visitors use the Website. Cookies can also help customize the Website for visitors. Personal Information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology, but if you provided personally identifiable information in the past, cookies may be tied to such information. Some of this information is anonymous. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties. Parker Poe uses the following types of cookies:
These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website more relevant to your interests. We do not share this information with any other organizations.
3. Information We Collect from Third Parties.
We may collect information, including Personal Information, that others provide about you or obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect. We do not control, supervise, or take responsibility for how the third parties providing your information process your personal data. Any request for information about the disclosure of your Personal Information to us should be directed to such third parties.
If you link, connect, or login with a third-party service (e.g., Google), the third-party service may send us information, such as your registration and profile information, from that service. This information varies and is controlled by that service or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may receive additional information about you, such as demographic data or fraud detection information, from third-party service providers and/or partners, and combine it with information we have about you. For example, we may receive background check results (with your consent where required) or fraud warnings from service providers for fraud prevention and risk assessment purposes.
4. Use of Your Information.
We use Personal Information to:
- Provide, operate, maintain, and improve the Website;
- Provide legal services;
- Respond to questions and requests;
- Assess job applicants and make hiring decisions;
- Communicate content, such as alerts or articles, we believe would interest you;
- Ensure compliance with our internal policies and requirements;
- Maintain the security of the Website and systems and prevent unauthorized access;
- Comply with our legal, regulatory, and financial obligations;
- Respond to claims or allegations made against us; and
5. Disclosure of Your Information.
We may also disclose or share your Personal Information with the following:
- Affiliates related to us by common ownership or control, and they may use your Personal Information for their everyday business purposes.
- Service providers to perform legal work for you or on your behalf (such as conducting audits, processing credit card payments, or providing customer service). These service providers may have access to your Personal Information, but only as needed to perform their assigned roles, and they may not use your Personal Information for any other reason.
- Professional service advisers we instruct on your behalf or refer you to for professional services, such as medical professionals, accountants, tax advisors, or other experts.
- Governmental or regulatory agencies if we believe such a release is necessary to comply with the law or in response to a subpoena or other legal process. We may release Personal Information about you to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions, or through investigating fraud which has already taken place.
- Other third parties only with your consent or at your direction.
We may also share aggregated or de-identified information, which cannot reasonably be used to identify you. We will never use your Personal Information in a way that is prohibited by applicable law or contrary to our ethical obligations.
6. Your Rights.
Protection of Your Information
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of your Personal Information, we use commercially reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your Personal Information in our possession. However, no security system is perfect, and we cannot guarantee that information you provide to us over the internet will remain private. We also cannot guarantee that information you transmit to us over the internet will not be intercepted.
- Right to Correct. You have the right to ask us to correct inaccurate or incomplete Personal Information concerning you.
- Right to Access and Portability. You have the right to request copies of your Personal Information held by us. You may also be entitled to request copies of Personal Information that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and/or request us to transmit this information to another service provider (where technically feasible).
- Right to Deletion. We generally retain your Personal Information for as long as is necessary for the performance of a contract between you and us, for our legitimate business interests, or to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your Personal Information, you can ask us to erase it in certain circumstances. Please note the following if you ask us to erase your Personal Information:
- We may retain some of your Personal Information as necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection and prevention and enhancing safety.
- We may retain and use your Personal Information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
- Some copies of your information (e.g., log records) may remain in our database, but are disassociated from personal identifiers.
- Residual copies of your Personal Information may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.
- Withdrawing Consent and Restriction of Processing. Where you have provided your consent to the processing of your Personal Information by Parker Poe, you may withdraw your consent at any time by changing your account settings or by sending a communication to Parker Poe specifying which consent you are withdrawing. Please note that the withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of any processing activities based on such consent before its withdrawal. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, applicable law may give you the right to limit the way we use your Personal Information, in particular where (i) you contest the accuracy of your Personal Information; (ii) the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your Personal Information; (iii) we no longer need your Personal Information for the purposes of the processing, but you require the information for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to the processing and, pending the verification, whether the legitimate grounds of Parker Poe override your own.
- Objection to Processing. In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to require Parker Poe not to process your Personal Information for certain specific purposes (including profiling) where such processing is based on legitimate interest. If you object to such processing, Parker Poe will no longer process your Personal Information for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for such processing or such processing is required for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.
- Lodging Complaints. You have the right to lodge complaints about the data processing activities carried out by Parker Poe before competent data protection authorities.
In some jurisdictions, you may contact your European Data Protection Authority or Commission about your Personal Information.
California Residents. Parker Poe will not share information it collects about you with its affiliates or third parties (both financial and non-financial), unless required or permitted by your state’s law.
California Privacy Rights. California law permits those who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their Personal Information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type of Personal Information disclosed to those third parties. See the How to Contact Us section below for where to send such requests. Parker Poe does not share Personal Information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes without your prior consent. Accordingly, you can prevent disclosure of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes by withholding consent.
Use of Website by Children
Our Website is not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information via the Website from visitors in this age group and will take prompt steps to delete any such personally identifiable information.
How to Contact Us
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Attn: General Counsel
620 South Tryon Street, Suite 800
Charlotte, NC 28202
By email using this link.
By phone: 704.372.9000.
Updated July 27, 2022