Website Privacy Policy

The Law Office of Theresa M Levine, PC (the Firm, or “us”, “we”, and “our”) respects and values your privacy. Because privacy is essential in technology and in everyday life, sharing our methods and approach to how we collect, use, share, and protect your personal information is something you should understand. This policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how the Firm handles personal information in its “Services,” described collectively as:

  • From visitors to our website or web-based applications (“Websites”);
  • Through software applications made available by us for use on or through computers and mobile devices (“Apps”);
  • By direct contacts with our clients and/or prospective clients;
  • By contacts with suppliers of goods and services to the Firm;
  • From any other individual about whom the Firm obtains personal information in the provision of legal services to our clients (“Client Services”);
  • From those who apply to work, refer, or do business with us;

Information We Collect About You

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, Personal Information is information that relates to an identified or identifiable person, whether alone or in combination with other information. the Firm often collects the following types of Personal Information:

Potential client information: name, phone number, organization, and email address.

Registrations: information necessary to process or respond to newsletter requests, event/seminar registration, subscriptions, requests to download information.

Compliance: government identifiers, passports or other identification documents, date of birth, beneficial ownership, and due diligence data.

Special circumstances: in limited situations, the Firm receives special categories of Personal Information as is necessary for a specific service we are providing to you, your employer or other organization you may by affiliated with (religious or other beliefs, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health data and details of trade union membership).

Client information: Personal Information received from clients regarding their employees or other individuals known to clients, invoicing details and payment history, and client feedback.

Generalized Usage Data: IP address, unique device identifiers, cookies and other data linked to a device, and data about the usage of our Website(s).

Inquiry data: Data provided by others individuals or organizations including, e.g. other lawyers, vendors, organizations seeking speakers, job hunters, or others on our Website or offline in connection with partnership opportunities.

Cookies and Similar Technologies

Our Websites use cookies and similar technologies to enhance your experience when viewing the Websites and to compile statistical information regarding their use. A cookie is a file that is transmitted by a website to a user’s browser. The browser then saves that file in a designated file for cookies on your computer or device. We use cookies to allow us to personalize your experience, compile statistics about how the Websites are used, including the most popular pages. We use pixels (clear GIFs and web beacons) to track the actions of users of our Websites and email recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, track whether our emails are forwarded, and compile statistics about usage of our Websites and email response rates.

We do not currently respond to do-not-track signals. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, most browsers allow you to automatically decline cookies or be given the choice of declining or accepting a particular cookie (or cookies) from a particular website. You can review http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html/ for more information. Please note, that if you do not accept cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of our Websites.

 

We also use Google Analytics, which uses cookies and similar technologies to collect and analyze information about the use of services and report on activities and trends. You can learn about Google’s practices here.

 

Sources of Personal Information

The Firm may collect Personal Information from a variety of sources, including: 

 

Through our provision of Services: for example, sign-up for a newsletter, request Services from the Firm, register for a seminar, enter into a contractual relationship for Services, interact with us at an event, visit our Websites or networks, use our online business scorecard quiz, apply for a job, send us communications, call the Firm office, or virtually interact with a Firm employee.  

From other sources: for example, Publicly available and subscription-based sources, court documents and filings, event sponsors, our clients, counterparties in transactions or disputes, social media, our service providers.

 

The Firm needs to collect Personal Information in order to provide requested Services to you or to provide service to our clients. If you do not provide the information requested, we may not be able to provide the Services. Where the Firm receives Personal Information from its clients about employees or other individuals, the client is responsible for ensuring that any such Personal Information is transferred to us in compliance with applicable data protection laws and regulations.

 

Uses of Personal Information:

The purposes for which the Firm uses Personal Information, and the legal basis for such use are as follows:

 

  • The provision of legal advice/services and response to inquiries. We engage in this activity to fulfil our ethical, legal and contractual obligations with our clients.
  • Management of our business operations and administration of our client relationships. We engage in this activity to fulfil our ethical, legal and contractual obligations with clients and suppliers.
  • Enhancing the functionality of our Websites. We engage in this activity because we have a legitimate interest in monitoring how our Website and Apps are used to help us provide better services to our Website and App users.  
  • Fraud and security monitoring purposes. We engage in this activity because we have a legitimate interest to detect and prevent fraud, crimes and other misuse of our Websites and networks.
  • Data analysis, to improve the efficiency of our services and identify trends. We engage in this activity to manage our relationships with clients, to comply with legal obligations, and/or because we have other legitimate interests.  
  • Auditing internal processes for proper functioning. We engage in this activity to manage our relationships with clients, to comply with legal obligations, and/or because we have other legitimate interests.
  • To provide relevant marketing materials. We engage in this activity because we have a legitimate interest or because we have obtained consent.
  • Compliance with legal and regulatory obligations. We engage in this activity to manage our relationships with clients, to comply with legal obligations, and/or because we have other legitimate interests.
  • To evaluate and consider cooperative ventures with other businesses, individuals for employment and manage on-boarding procedures. We engage in this activity because we have a legitimate interest and/or to comply with our legal obligations.

The Firm may aggregate and/or anonymize Personal Information so it is no longer considered Personal Information. We do this to generate other data for our use, which we may use and disclose for any purpose.

 

Disclosure of Personal Information

We may disclose Personal Information to:

 

Comply with applicable laws and regulations

To cooperate with public and government authorities

To cooperate with law enforcement

To enforce our terms and conditions

To protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, or others.

Effectuate any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings) with a third party

 

Protection of Personal Information

We have implemented reasonable measures to secure Personal Information from accidental loss or destruction and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. Unfortunately, no transmission or storage system can be guaranteed 100% secure.

 

Information Relating to Minors

The nature of our services are not intended for individuals under the age of 16.

 

Cross-Border Data Transfers

We may transfer Personal Information to jurisdictions as necessary for the purposes described above, including to jurisdictions that may not provide the same level of protection as your country of residence. By using our Services, you understand that your information will be transferred to the United States or to other countries in which the Firm or the Firm Global firms may exist.

 

For transfers of Personal Information from the European Economic Area (EEA) to countries not considered adequate by the European Commission, the Firm has put in place adequate measures, such as the standard contractual clauses adopted by the European Commission, to protect Personal Information.

 

Choices and Access

You have choices regarding marketing-related communications. If you no longer want to receive marketing-related emails from the Firm, you may opt-out by following the unsubscribe instructions in our marketing emails.

 

If you would like to request to review, correct, update, suppress/delete, or object to or restrict processing of your Personal Information, or if you would like to request to receive an electronic copy of your Personal Information for purposes of transmitting it to another company, please contact us in accordance with the Contact Us section below. We will respond to your request consistent with applicable law. If you are a California resident, please refer to the “Additional Information Regarding California” section at the end of this Privacy Policy for more information about the requests you may make under the CCPA.

 

In your request, please make clear what you are seeking in your request, including what Personal Information is subject to your request. For your protection, we may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

Retention Period

We will retain your Personal Information for as long as you are a client, the performance of our Services require, and as long as our ethical obligations require.

 

Third Party Websites

The Website and Apps may contains links to unaffiliated third parties, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such third party sites. When you click a link to visit a third party website, you will be subject to their website’s privacy practices. We encourage you to review the privacy and security practices of any linked third party website before providing any Personal Information on that website.

 

Contact Us:

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Privacy Policy or practices, you may contact us using the following details:

 

Email Address: privacy@levinelegaloffice.com

  

Postal Address:

The Law Office of Theresa M Levine, PC
Attention: Information Protection and Privacy
214 Kent Ave, #288
Endwell, New York 13760

 

Changes to the Privacy Policy

The Firm may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we do, we will post the current version on this site, and we will revise the version date located at the top of this page. Any changes become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy. Your continued use of our Services following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

 

Additional Information Regarding the EEA

You can lodge a complaint with a data protection authority for your country or region or where the alleged infringement of applicable data protection law occurs. However, before doing so, we encourage you to contact us directly to give us an opportunity to work directly with you to resolve any concerns about your privacy.

 

Additional Information Regarding California
California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)

 

Pursuant to the CCPA, we are providing the following additional details regarding the categories of Personal Information about California residents that we collected and disclosed in the preceding 12 months. This policy does not apply to our job applicants, employees, contractors, owners, directors, or officers where the Personal Information relates to their current, former, or potential role at the Firm. California job applicants can review the Firm’s CCPA Job Applicant Notice at Collection for more information.

 

Disclosure of Personal Information, No Sale

The Firm has not sold Personal Information as defined or as contemplated by the CCPA in the preceding 12 months.

 

California Consumer Privacy Rights

As a California Consumer, you have the following rights:

 

Right to Disclosure: California Consumers have a right to request information from the Firm regarding the Personal Information the Firm collects and discloses for business purposes about the consumer.

 

Deletion: In certain circumstances, you have the right to request we delete Personal Information we collected from you. Please note that the right to request deletion is subject to certain exceptions under the CCPA.

Non-Discrimination: the Firm will not discriminate against California Consumers for exercising their rights under the CCPA.

the Firm does not offer financial incentives or price or service differences in exchange for the retention of a California Consumer’s Personal Information.

 

How to Submit a Verifiable Request

The Firm will respond to requests in accordance with the CCPA if it can verify the identity of the individual submitting the request. California Consumers can exercise these rights by contacting (607) 323-7024 or by email at privacy@levinelegaloffice.com. We may not be able to comply with your request if we are unable to confirm your identity or connect the information you submit in your request with Personal Information in our possession.

 

Authorized Agent

A California Consumer may designate an Authorized Agent registered with the California Secretary of State to submit a disclosure or deletion request on behalf of the Consumer. For the Firm to respond to a request from an Authorized Agent, the Firm may:

 

Request a copy of the written permission granting the Authorized Agent to make such a request on the consumer’s behalf; and

Verify the identity of the consumer.

the Firm may deny a request from an Authorized Agent that does not submit proof that they have been authorized by a consumer to act on their behalf.

 

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