We at Schear Law Offices (“Schear“, “us“, “we“, or “our“) recognize and respect the importance of maintaining the privacy of our clients and visitors to our website (“Site“). This Privacy Notice describes the types of information we collect from you when you the Site and/or receive legal services from us (“Services“). This Privacy Notice also explains how we collect, process, transfer, store and disclose the information collected. “You” means any individual visiting the Site or receiving Services.
“Personal Data” means any information that refers, is related to, or is associated with an identified or identifiable individual or as otherwise may be defined by applicable law.
Personal Data We Collect
We collect information from you when you choose to use our Site and/or Services.
When you make use of the Site, request information from us, sign up for newsletters or our client updates, or contact us for any other reason, we collect Personal Data from you. Examples of the Personal Data that we collect from you when you engage in any of the activities detailed above include your name, email address, phone number, and company name.
As part of the provision of our Services, you may be required to register and provide us with information through the Immigration Tracker software portal (“Immigration Tracker“). Use of the Immigration Tracker is subject to the Immigration Tracker’s the Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.
In the course of provision of Services, we will collect any materials you provide to us, either directly, through the Immigration Tracker, or through other online services. These materials may include Personal Data such as personal documents, passport photos, company documents, or other images, photos, or documents. We also collect any additional Personal Data you may provide in the course of Service, including Personal Data that may be required for immigration forms which may include sensitive Personal Data such as race, membership in professional associations, biometric data.
It is your voluntary decision whether to provide us with any such Personal Data, but if you refuse to provide such information or part thereof we may not be able to provide you with the Services.
How We Use Your Personal Data
We and any of our trusted third-party subcontractors and service providers use the Personal Data we collect from and about you for any of the following purposes: (1) to provide you with the Site and/or Services; (2) to respond to your inquiries or requests, contact and communicate with you; and (3) to contact you with informational newsletters and promotional materials relating to our Site and Services.
Statistical Information and Analytics
We and/or our service providers use analytics tools, including “Google Analytics” to collect and analyze information about the use of the Site, such as how often users visit the Site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites and mobile applications they used prior to visiting the Site. By analyzing the information we receive, we may compile statistical information across a variety of platforms and users, which helps us improve our Site and Services, understand trends and customer needs and consider new products and services, and tailor existing products and services to customer desires. The information we collect is anonymous and aggregated and we will not link it to any Personal Data. We may share such anonymous information with our partners, without restriction, on commercial terms that we can determine in our sole discretion. You can find more information about how Google collects information and how you can control such use at https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.
We may use your Personal Data as required or permitted by any applicable law for example, to comply with audit and other legal requirements.
Sharing the Personal Data We Collect
We share your information, including Personal Data, as follows:
As part of the Service we provide, we may share your Personal Data with the U.S. Immigration Authorities.
Service Providers and Subcontractors
We disclose information, including Personal Data we collect from and/or about you, to our trusted service providers and subcontractors, who use such information to: (1) help us provide you with the Site and/or Services; and/or (2) aid in their understanding of how users are using our Site and/or Services.
We may use subcontractors and service providers who are located in countries other than your own and may send them information we receive (including Personal Data). All of our subcontractors and service providers will be subject to non-disclosure and non-use obligations.
We may transfer our databases containing your Personal Data if we sell our business or part of it, including in cases of liquidation. Information about our users, including Personal Data, may be disclosed as part of, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets or acquisition and shall continue being subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice.
Law Enforcement Related Disclosure
We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity, behavior or (digital) content and information of or related to an individual, including in the event of any user suspected to have engaged in illegal or infringing behavior. We may also share your Personal Data with third parties: (i) if we believe in good faith that disclosure is appropriate to protect our rights, property or safety (including the enforcement of the Terms and this Privacy Notice); (ii) to protect the rights, property or safety of third parties; (iii) when required by law, regulation subpoena, court order or other law enforcement related issues; or (iv) as is necessary to comply with any legal and/or regulatory obligation.
Other Uses or Transfer of Your Information
The Services may be provided in connection with third-party services, sites, and/or mobile applications, such as the Immigration Tracker. If you such third-party services, we may receive information (including Personal Data) about you from those third parties.
Subject to applicable law, you may request to see any Personal Data you have provided to us and request that such Personal Data be corrected or updated by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We make efforts to follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Data submitted to and collected by us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We retain information for at least seven years or as necessary for the purposes set forth above. We may delete information from our systems, without notice to you, once we deem it is no longer necessary for the purposes set forth above.
Cookies and Similar Technologies
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of text that is sent to a user’s browser or device. The browser provides this piece of text to the device of the originating user when this visitor returns.
- A “session cookie” is temporary and will remain on your device until you leave the Site.
- A “persistent” cookie may be used to help save your settings and customizations across visits. It will remain on your device for much longer or until you delete it.
- First-party cookies are placed by us, while third-party cookies may be placed by a third party. We use both first- and third-party cookies.
- Information may also be collected through web beacons, which are small graphic images (“pixel tags”), which usually work together with cookies in order to identify users and user behavior.
We may use the terms “cookies” to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above.
How to Adjust Your Preferences
Most Web browsers are initially configured to accept cookies, but you can change this setting so your browser either refuses all cookies or informs you when a cookie is being sent. In addition, you are free to delete any existing cookies at any time. Please note that some features of the Site may function improperly when cookies are disabled or removed.
Third-Party Applications and Services
All use of third-party applications or services is at your own risk and subject to such third party’s privacy policies.
We may send you e-mail or other messages and/or a newsletter about us or our Services. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from commercial messages and stop receiving future communication from us by following the UNSUBSCRIBE link in any such email or message, or by emailing us at email@example.com. Please note that we reserve the right to send you service-related communications, including service announcements and administrative messages relating to your account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
We do not market our Services to clients under the age of 18, though we may collect Personal Data about individuals under the age of 18 in the context of provision of Services to our clients.
Changes to the Privacy Notice
If you do not agree with the terms hereof, please do not use the Site. We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time – we encourage you to review it periodically. We will post the updated Privacy Notice on this page. Please come back to this page every now and then to make sure you are familiar with the latest version.
Comments and Questions
If you have any comments or questions about this privacy notice, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: May 2020