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Privacy Policy

Last Updated: March 18, 2014

The policy of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (the "Lawyers' Committee") is to respect and protect the privacy of our users.  This Privacy Policy explains, among other things, the types of information collected about you when you visit a Lawyers' Committee website, mobile application, or online service; how your information may be used and when it may be disclosed; how you can control the use and disclosure of your information; and how your information is protected.  This Privacy Policy applies to the Lawyers' Committee websites, mobile applications, and online services that link to this Privacy Policy (the "Services").  Please read the entire Privacy Policy before using our Services. 

I.            Collection of Information

Generally, you may browse the Services without providing any Personal Information.  However, we may ask you for some or all of the following types of information when you register with our Services, access various content or features, submit content, or otherwise contact us with questions or feedback:

  • Contact information, such as name, e-mail address, postal address, and telephone number;
  • User name and password;
  • Demographic information, such as gender;
  • Geolocation information;
  • Communications preferences;
  • Search queries;
  • Correspondence and other information that you send to us, including through our intake questionnaire or an employment application; and
  • Additional information as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.

We also may collect certain information automatically when you visit the Services, including:

  • Your browser type and operating system;
  • Your Internet Protocol (IP) address, which is the number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet and that can sometimes be used to derive your general geographic area;
  • Other unique identifiers, including mobile device identification numbers;
  • Sites you visited before and after visiting the Services;
  • Pages you view and links you click on within the Services;
  • Information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies;
  • Information about your interactions with e-mail messages, such as the links clicked on and whether the messages were opened or forwarded; and
  • Standard Server Log Information

We may use cookies, pixel tags, Local Storage Objects, and similar technologies to automatically collect this information.  Cookies are small bits of information that are stored by your computer's web browser.  Pixel tags are very small images or small pieces of data embedded in images, also known as "web beacons" or "clear GIFs," that can recognize cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, a description of the page where the pixel tag is placed, and similar information from your computer or device.  Local Shared Objects are similar to standard cookies except that they can be larger and are downloaded to a computer or mobile device by the Adobe Flash media player.  Please note that you may need to take additional steps beyond changing your browser settings to refuse or disable Local Shared Objects and similar technologies.  For example, Local Shared Objects can be controlled through the instructions on Adobe's Setting Manager page.  

You may choose to refuse, disable, or delete these technologies using instructions provided in your Internet browser (and, in the case of Local Shared Objects, by following the instructions linked above).  Please be aware, however, that some of the functionality of the Services may no longer be available to you if you do so.

By using the Services, you consent to our use of cookies and similar technologies.  You can decide if and how your computer will accept a cookie by configuring your preferences or options in your browser.  However, if you choose to reject cookies, you may not be able to use certain online products, services or features on the Services.

II.            Use of Information

We may use information that we collect through the Services for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Provide you with the services, newsletters, and information you request and respond to correspondence that we receive from you;
  • Contact you via email and otherwise about events, updates and other information that we think might be of interest to you;
  • Maintain or administer the Services, perform analyses of existing features, or for other internal purposes to improve the quality of our business, the Services, and other products and services we offer;
  • Further the Lawyers' Committee's mission.
  • Process employment applications and inquiries;
  • Customize and personalize your use of the Services; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.

III.            Disclosure of Information

We are committed to maintaining your trust, and we want you to understand when and with whom we may share the information we collect.

  • Affiliates and Subsidiaries. We may share your information with our subsidiaries and other affiliated entities for a variety of purposes, including business, operational, and marketing purposes.
  • Service Providers. We may share your information with service providers that perform certain functions or services on our behalf (such as to host the Services, manage databases, perform analyses, or send communications for us).
  • Similar Organizations and Enforcement Agencies. We may share information that you provide about potential legal issues with organizations that work on similar issues and enforcement agencies.
  • Other Parties When Required By Law or as Necessary to Protect the Services. We may disclose your information to third parties in order to protect the legal rights, safety, and security of the Lawyers' Committee, our affiliate, and subsidiaries, and the users of our Services; enforce our Terms of Use; prevent fraud (or for risk management purposes); and comply with or respond to law enforcement or legal process or a request for cooperation by a government or other entity, whether or not legally required.
  • In Connection With a Transfer of Assets. If we sell all or part of our organization, or make a sale or transfer of assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, or in the event of bankruptcy, we may transfer your information to one or more third parties as part of that transaction.
  • Other Parties With Your Consent. We may share information about you with third parties when you consent to such sharing, including when you post information to a user profile or a public area of the Services, such as a chat room, forum, blog, or other community tool.
  • Aggregate Information. We may disclose to third parties information that does not describe or identify individual users, such as aggregate website usage data or demographic reports.

We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, Local Shared Objects, and similar technologies to collect information through the Services.  For example, our third-party service providers may use these technologies to collect information that helps us with traffic measurement, research, and analytics.

IV.            Your California Privacy Rights

The Lawyers' Committee does not share information that it collects with third parties for the third party's direct marketing purposes.

Some web browsers may transmit "do-not-track" signals to the websites with which the user communicates.  Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them.  There currently is disagreement, including among participants in the leading Internet standards-setting organization, concerning what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals.  The Lawyers' Committee currently does not take action in response to these signals.  If and when a final standard is established and accepted, we will reassess how to respond to these signals.

In addition, some of our Services may allow third parties to collect personally identifiable information about users' activities over time and across different Web sites or online services.

V.            Opt Out Procedures

You may "opt-out" of receiving emails and other communications from us by using the unsubscribe feature included in the emails that we send.

VI.            Data Security

We maintain reasonable security procedures to help protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the information you provide to us.  Please note that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we strive to protect your information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your information.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password and for any access to or use of the Services using your password, whether or not authorized by you.  Please notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security.

In order to most efficiently serve you, credit card transactions are handled by established third-party financial institutions, processing agents and distribution institutions.  Information relating to your financial transactions will not be maintained on the Lawyers' Committee's servers.  Please visit the websites of VeriSign/PayPal (http://www.verisign.com/), Salsa (http://www.salsalabs.com/), and Blackbaud (https://www.blackbaud.com/) to familiarize yourself with their terms and conditions and privacy policies.

VII.            Links to Third Party Sites

The Services may contain links to other websites or online services that are operated and maintained by third parties and that are not under the control of or maintained by the Lawyers' Committee.  Such links do not constitute an endorsement by the Lawyers' Committee of those other websites, the content displayed therein, or the persons or entities associated therewith.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to this third-party content.  We encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third-party websites or services.

VIII.            Our Commitment to Children's Privacy

We respect the privacy of children and we are committed to complying with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  The Services do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13 without prior parental consent, except as permitted by COPPA.  By providing your consent in such circumstances, you agree that we may collect, use, and disclose your child's personal information consistent with this Privacy Policy. 

If you have questions concerning our information practices with respect to children, or if you would like to review, have deleted, or stop the further collection of your child's personal information, you may email us at jmoore@lawyerscommittee.org.

IX.            Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions to the Services.  Your continued use of the Services after any modification to the Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of the new terms and conditions.

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